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
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 […]

Learning to cope

Learning to cope

Are gardaí risking their psychological and emotional well-being for our safety ask Paula Richards and Linda Balfe. Working in a busy psychotherapy practice for the past 17 years, it has become evident that gardaí presenting for counselling today are struggling to deal with levels of trauma, which affect them on an emotional level, that they never had to deal with […]

by · July 9, 2015 · Features
Line of duty

Line of duty

We have our own memorial day, now we have to make it work writes Superintendent Joseph Gannon. The primary reason for a police memorial is to remember those whose lives were cut short serving their country in the line of duty. To tell their families that their loved one is not forgotten: that the Force remembers them – and always […]

by · May 8, 2015 · Features
Garda rights  come dripping slow

Garda rights come dripping slow

It may be a surprise to many but gardaí were not entitled to vote until the late 1950s. Robert Block examines legal rights that the frontline has had to fight for – not all of which have been won. “That others may live.” This is the motto of the US military’s corps of pararescue, a group of highly trained soldiers, […]

by · May 6, 2015 · Features