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“We are the servants of the people… not ourselves”

“We are the servants of the people… not ourselves”

As the new Garda Commissioner settles into his position, Drew Harris speaks to Frontline gardaí and of the exciting opportunities that await its membership In the short time since I had the honour and privilege of taking up the role of Garda Commissioner, the dedication and commitment among garda members to protecting and serving local communities has been palpable. During […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Features
Between a ‘Rock and a hard place

Between a ‘Rock and a hard place

John O’Keeffe visits Frontline gardaí in Blackrock, Co. Dublin and reacquaints himself with old style local policing Nothing much happens when it comes to policing in middle class areas. Right? Wrong. Blackrock Station’s ebullient Superintendent Martin McGonnell is not long putting me straight on this matter – and trust me when you meet a man who has served two tours […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
All for one

All for one

Kieran FitzGerald, Commissioner of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, speaks to the Frontline during a time of much change in the Force This edition of the Garda Review is published at yet another time of great significance for the Garda Síochána. The appointment of the new Garda Commissioner demonstrates a desire for a new perspective and a willingness to break […]

by · September 20, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
ERU members appear to be looking heavenward at their training centre as they prepare for the Papal visit.

Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

The Emergency Response Unit is regarded by many as the most elite Unit within the Force. However, when John O’Keeffe spent the week leading up to the Papal visit with them he found humility at their core Mention of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in conversation is likely to meet the type of hushed tones normally reserved for discussions about […]

by · September 20, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
Today’s storm is tomorrow’s gentle breeze

Today’s storm is tomorrow’s gentle breeze

Dublin North Central has a reputation for being the epicentre of the country’s drug problem. However, when John O’Keeffe met the gardaí who work the Frontline there, he discovered a much richer tapestry By John O’Keeffe Let us leave drugs issues aside for one moment when talking about DMR North Central Division of An Garda Síochána. Firstly, this place is […]

by · May 27, 2018 · Features
Promote yourself!

Promote yourself!

An Garda Síochána has recently commenced the roll out of PALF, the competency- based Performance, Accountability and Learning Framework. Paul Franey investigates   Young people who are interested in a career in An Garda Síochána often wonder whether or not they have what it takes to become a ‘good’ garda. There are no hard and fast answers to this question […]

by · May 7, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
A Parallel Universe

A Parallel Universe

As John O’Keeffe discovered on St. Patrick’s Day, there are two Dublin’s living side by side. In one, thousands are enjoying enjoying a wonderful day in the City Centre. In the other, a drug culture of biblical proportions rages in Dublin North Central.Wedged between these two worlds are the men and women of An Garda Síochána, providing a service to […]

by · March 18, 2018 · Features
A force for good

A force for good

Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell reflects on the true nature of An Garda Síochána and its unsung heroes and heroines My great grandfather, James Kirwan, was a police man; a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary from the early 20th century until partition in 1922. He served as sergeant in Bohola, went on to serve in Cleggan, became drill master in Dublin, […]

by · February 7, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
Policing remains a numbers game

Policing remains a numbers game

John O’Keeffe examines garda strength at the close of 2017 and advises that we continue to fall way short of the mark As of November 2017, there were 13,381 sworn members of An Garda Síochána, with some 11,000 members at garda rank. Depending on who in government or garda management you choose to believe, our numbers are at best, right […]

by · December 18, 2017 · Features, Modern Policing
Politics won’t loosen grip on policing

Politics won’t loosen grip on policing

EDITORIAL: No sooner had Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan retired before a well-prepared political elite began to roll out their platitudes and calls for accelerated reform; the implication being that she was an obstacle rather than a facilitator. Furthermore, those on the Opposition benches saw the opportunity to call for a clear-out and bring a new management from abroad. To reduce […]

by · October 25, 2017 · Editorial