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Garda Matthew Lenehan and Garda Alan O’Hanlon. Exactly the type of young Frontline gardaí you would want calling to you in a crisis

I Just Want to Dance with You…

John O’Keeffe visited Letterkenny Garda Station and met a group of men and women for whom Daniel O’Donnell should usefully write a song Letterkenny is the type of town that surely we would all like to live in if we knew it properly. Small enough to care but big enough to cope, it exudes all the muscular confidence of a […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Features
Rising numbers

Rising numbers

On Friday February 21 2020, 201 new Garda members celebrated their passing out ceremony at the Garda College The new gardaí bring the total number of members in the Force to 14,467, which is the highest level since the peak numbers of 14,500 members in 2009. Since the Garda College reopened in 2014, 3,200 gardaí have been attested. Of the […]

by · March 15, 2020 · Features
An upstairs fire exit which is only accessible through a working toilet. Seriously?

One word. Disgraceful.

  Despite meeting an exceptionally enthusiastic and professional group of gardaí in Clonmel Station, Editor John O’Keeffe, was truly appalled at the conditions they are expected to work in TIhave visited numerous stations up and down the country, and it is true Sligo and Macroom Garda Stations (to name but two) have not been without their significant woes; certain stations […]

by · March 15, 2020 · Features
To arm or not to arm…

To arm or not to arm…

Just how rare is Ireland in having an unarmed police force? Kamila Lewandowska takes a quick jaunt around the globe The concept of unarmed police may be surprising, not to say shocking, for many people living outside Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Great Britain and New Zealand. Those five nations incorporated the model of policing where frontline officers don’t carry a weapon. […]

by · February 15, 2020 · Features, Modern Policing
Killing fields?

Killing fields?

As homicides attract ever increasing media attention, it may surprise some to note that, according to the UN Ireland has the 11th lowest homicide rate in Europe and the 23rd lowest globally. John Walsh investigates The UN’s Global Study on Homicide found that Ireland ha d a homicide rate of 0.9 per 100,000 people. This is just slightly under the […]

by · February 15, 2020 · Features
In Deep Water

In Deep Water

A new book by Michael Brennan on the collapse of water charges reveals the challenges that Gardaí faced when policing water charge protests in 2014 – including the Jobstown protest – and a night when a garda station in Dublin found itself under siege. The following is an extract. “The arrest of three water protesters at an event attended by […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features, Opinion
Is consent ever a defence to assault?

Is consent ever a defence to assault?

Fights amongst prison inmates are hardly rare. But when Gerard Brown was convicted of assaulting fellow prisoner and former garda Stephen Cooper, the outcome hit the headlines. Michelle-Thérèse Stevenson investigates. The above case found its way to the Supreme Court in DPP v. Brown [2018] IESC 67. One of the main issues was that of consent and, specifically, whether this […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features
Balbriggan’s best: 
Garda Paul McCarthy,
Garda Ciarán McQuaid,
Garda Nikki McMorrow and Garda Rebecca O’Sullivan

Making the ordinary extraordinary in Balbriggan

Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit Balbriggan Garda Station and met with the men and women of ‘the Regular’ There’s something about the word ‘regular’ that seems to send people into the land of nod. The Oxford Dictionary describes it as, “existing or happening repeatedly in a fixed pattern with equal or similar amounts of space or time between one […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features
Mind your language

Mind your language

Is there still really a need for the Irish language requirement to join An Garda Síochána asks Ciarán O’Neill? In September 2005, the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael Mc Dowell amended the academic requirements for new entrants into An Garda Síochána. He stated that the requirement to have an academic qualification in Irish had effectively ruled […]

by · January 13, 2020 · Features, Modern Policing
The GNBCI Engine Room: Pictured (l – r): Ms. Elaine Tonna-Barthet, EO, Central Admin. Dept; D/Chief Superintendent, Walter O’Sullivan; Ms. Anna O’Connor, HEO, Principal Administrative Officer, Central Admin Dept.

A Bureau to Remember

Editor John O’Keeffe paid a recent visit to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Dublin’s Harcourt Street and found a culture of professionalism in the wallpaper The year? 1979. The boy? A 15-year-old, yours truly. The place? Harcourt Street to visit the legendry Inspector Dennis ‘Dinny’ Mullins – head of the Drugs Squad in Dublin, for a Transition […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Features