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A crime like no other

A crime like no other

Investigating the serious crime of sexual assault or rape is perhaps one of the most challenging jobs that confronts police forces advises Nicola Mitchell. Rape is a serious violent crime perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women, children, and men. It is the most underreported of all violent crime in the US with only 16-39% of rapes being reported. In England […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Features
The guard and the gun

The guard and the gun

The debate on firearms use has been ongoing since the establishment of the Garda Síochána writes Darren Martin. The Garda Síochána is predominately an unarmed uniformed police force which has served and protected its citizens through the early years of the State, emerging from the violent struggle post-independence, the establishment of the Free State, the civil war, the threats posed […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Features, Modern Policing
Census Night 2016

Census Night 2016

Declan Smyth outlines the close link between the census and policing Members of An Garda Síochána delivered and collected forms in the first census taken by the Irish Free State in 1926; as the police force had done in Ireland under British jurisdiction since 1821. The role of the Force was rolled back for the 1951 census when postmen were […]

by · April 20, 2016 · Features
We Shall Not Forget

We Shall Not Forget

The third general secretary of the Garda Representative Association has quietly retired, but not without leaving his own stamp on the Garda organisation, writes Neil Ward. PJ Stone retired on February 2nd 2016 after more than forty years’ service to An Garda Síochána; but it will not be his policing skills that he will be remembered for – but his […]

by · March 25, 2016 · Features
Taking the leap

Taking the leap

There are benefits to lifelong learning for members through third-level and in-service training courses writes Darren Martin. The Garda College never closed in the last few years; in-service training courses did continue. The college is now seeing the return of new garda members for the first time in many years, with an impressive number of people who still wish to […]

by · March 25, 2016 · 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
Hey Minister, leave those guards alone

Hey Minister, leave those guards alone

Garda station closures removed the garda from the centre of rural communities, police numbers remain depleted and rural Ireland is abandoned. Why? asks John O’Keeffe. Those of us living in cities can often be accused of smugness when it comes to those who eschew rural life. While the country generally may still be suffering economic difficulties, urban dwellers have not […]

by · November 16, 2015 · 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