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Drug seizures this weekend to the value of €432,000

Drug seizures this weekend to the value of €432,000

This weekend gardaí have seized drugs worth an estimated street value of €432,000 throughout the country. Gardaí in Portlaoise discovered suspected cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €181,000, suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of €6,000 and a small amount of LSD. A man was arrested at the scene. In Dublin, the Divisional Drugs Units in Coolock/Ballymun […]

by · February 7, 2021 · Features
Cross-border fines to be issued from Monday

Cross-border fines to be issued from Monday

Gardaí are introducing €100 fines to Northern Ireland residents that cross the border without reasonable explanation, as of Monday February 8th . From 7am Monday, anyone who is “not ordinarily resident” in the Republic will be fined for non- essential cross-border travel. This €100 fine will be issued to each adult travelling in the vehicle. Over 300,000 people have received […]

by · February 6, 2021 · Features
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

There was movement at the top of the Garda Representative Association during its first ever Virtual Annual Conference in January 2021 New President and Vice President The GRA Annual Conference which was held through a virtual platform on Tuesday December 29 2020 and was hosted from the GRA Head Office, included elections for President and Vice President and saw delegates […]

by · February 5, 2021 · Features
One door opens, another closes

One door opens, another closes

Frontline members of An Garda Síochána now have access to the industrial relations mechanism of the State so all is well, right? Ciarán O’Neill investigates In 2016 representatives from the main Garda Associations sought parity with other public service workers and sought access to the State’s Industrial Relations mechanisms, these being the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. The […]

by · February 4, 2021 · Features, Modern Policing
Annual leave – a right not a privilege

Annual leave – a right not a privilege

Covid-19 has raised particular problems with the taking of annual leave. Ciaran O’Neill looks at the rights of gardaí to take and carry forward such leave during these times 2020 has been a very extraordinary and difficult year, particularly for Frontline workers; without doubt, we could all do with a break. In the first few months of the Covid pandemic, […]

by · November 4, 2020 · Features
Fun Leary

Fun Leary

A day out with gardaí from Dún Laoghaire is a special treat discovered Editor John O’Keeffe – professionalism writ large My 91-year-old mother has a name for them. “Lovely young men,” she calls them. I have never quite known who these “lovely young men” were, or indeed if they even existed – that is until I met Garda Seán Sheehy […]

by · October 4, 2020 · Features
For real with the Cyber Crime Crew

For real with the Cyber Crime Crew

Last month, D/Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary was appointed as the first Head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau. Editor, John O’Keeffe met the Chief and his team and left with a distinct impression that he had just encountered a very special group of men and women They say height doesn’t matter. They say don’t worry about it John. 5ft […]

by · September 4, 2020 · Features
pictured: Gardaí Michael Gohery, Mairead Hehir and Niall Murphy of Nenagh Garda Station exude authority - impressively wrapped in an outer layer of kindness and common sense.

Nenagh – A touch of class

As Editor, John O’Keeffe recently discovered, Nenagh Garda Station is more than the sum of its parts and it contributes to both urban and rural policing like few others Nenagh is the largest town in North Tipperary with a tantalisingly uneven population count of 7,995 at the last census and with a District size of some 44,500. It is part […]

by · August 15, 2020 · Features
Danger at every turn

Danger at every turn

Darren Martin examines a recent decision which will have implications for An Garda Síochána Members injured on duty and whom are left with life changing injuries The Employment Equality Act 1998, Section 37(3) provides, ‘It is an occupational requirement for employment in An Garda Síochána, Prison Service or any emergency service that persons employed therein are fully competent and available […]

by · July 15, 2020 · Features
All Rise! Tips on Cross-examining

All Rise! Tips on Cross-examining

If his defence practice has taught him anything, Matthew Holmes says it is how to lose a case. He now offers some tips to gardaí when they are required to cross-examine defendants One of the best ways to lose a case is to call the client in evidence and open them up to cross examination. In the District Court you […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features