Editorial

Real change starts from within

Real change starts from within

EDITORIAL: Change is coming to our world; there is a certain inevitability about it. Most of us instinctively fear change as it has a primal element that pulls us from our habits and rituals developed as a means of survival. It is always difficult for all but the most visionary; the gifted few who can imagine what it will be like […]

by · August 10, 2017 · Editorial
Conflict and communication are tools of the trade

Conflict and communication are tools of the trade

EDITORIAL: The particular challenge facing any public sector trade union or staff association is that they are necessarily in constant conflict with government; either asking for something that the powerful do not wish to give, or rejecting an imposition from the elite. That is why unity and solidarity are key elements; because workers’ collectives have a requirement to speak with one […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Editorial, Features
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, Tánaiste & Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald and the chair of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily pictured at the Launch of the Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána 23/01/2017. Source: http: www.policingauthority.ie

What is the role of the Policing Authority?

EDITORIAL: The Garda Representative Association [GRA] advocated for an independent authority to separate policing from politics; not to deny our elected political leaders the opportunity to debate and the right to legislate on policing, but so that they were not seen to exert undue influence on appointments and operational matters. This is a delicate balance that is at the very heart […]

by · February 22, 2017 · Editorial, Features
Report reaffirms right to trade union status and unique role

Report reaffirms right to trade union status and unique role

EDITORIAL: The Garda Representative Association received the final Report by John Horgan and is examining the implications in preparation for future negotiations towards new industrial relations mechanisms in the garda sector. The Association had sought such a Review for many years – as the last significant appraisal was held in 1979; and this was negotiated as part of the Haddington […]

by · December 25, 2016 · Editorial, Features
The Case for the Gardaí

The Case for the Gardaí

EDITORIAL: Members of this Association clearly did not want to commit to the new Lansdowne Road Agreement that continued the idea of working 30 hours for free each year; for a level of pay restoration that fell short of what those hard hours were worth for each member. That was the clear message when some 86.5% of a significantly high […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Editorial, Features
2015/10/15: GARDA TONY GOLDEN FUNERAL - BLACKROCK, CO. LOUTH:
PIC SHOWS:  Many hundred Gardaí gathered in the grounds of the The Fairways Hotel, before marching to the state funeral of murdered Garda, Tony Golden, in Blackrock, Co. Louth.
PHOTO: CONOR Ó MEARÁIN

Our collective grief springs a need for new hope

EDITORIAL We have been once again united in our grief and sadness following the murder of Garda Anthony ‘Tony’ Golden. Our thoughts and prayers continue for his family, friends and colleagues. When we encounter such senseless violence and resultant loss it is an onerous task to mentally process such a tragedy; for the family and friends that will take much […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Editorial, Features
Reality Bites

Reality Bites

EDITORIAL: The true level of crime in Ireland is beginning to emerge; and politicians are beginning to see that the spin emanating Shatter/Callinan era is going to haunt the coalition as we approach the upcoming election. The country was told that garda station closures would release more gardaí for frontline policing and that the 139 stations to be closed had […]

by · October 30, 2015 · Editorial, Features
Policing politicians is not ‘political policing’

Policing politicians is not ‘political policing’

EDITORIAL: A number of arrests were made following the protest against water charges in Jobstown, Tallaght subsequent to the Tanaiste being delayed in her car for two hours. In the follow-up investigation of this politically-charged event, gardaí needed to interview the identified protagonists under caution. This is an issue of operational policing, and as such, is a matter for the Garda […]

by · September 10, 2015 · Editorial, Features
Body worn cameras could lead to fewer complaints and reduced assaults

Body worn cameras could lead to fewer complaints and reduced assaults

Greater accountability and a rising tide of assaults on our members have been the conversation of the past ten years. In policing issues affecting frontline gardaí these have been the big two causes of stress and consternation; and well documented across the public sphere. Being subject to investigation when you don’t actually know who has accused you and what you […]

Equality is a core value

Equality is a core value

The Garda Representative Association is committed to equality for all members, and for the public that we serve. The Association supports the rights of all members of the LGBT community, and as a staff representative body we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind in the workplace, which naturally extends to the wider society and community. The forthcoming marriage equality […]

by · April 19, 2015 · Editorial, Features