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Detecting organised crime

Detecting organised crime

Are blue collar criminals changing their shirts to white? In Scandinavia they already have, according to Fredrik Hammarström   Over the last five years Sweden has seen the number of fraud and white collar crimes escalate to new dimensions. The rate of fraud cases has increased from 59,000 to 130,000 – an increase of some 120%. Not only has this […]

by · June 12, 2014 · Features, Modern Policing
King Hit

King Hit

As single hit punches cause injury and death across the country, Tara Geraghty examines this shocking phenomenon A ’king hit’ refers to a sudden forceful punch to the head, neck or chest intended to knock a person unconscious. It is often an unprovoked attack on a defenceless or vulnerable victim and is usually delivered without warning. The one punch assault […]

by · June 12, 2014 · Features
Measuring Garda performance – time for some lateral thinking

Measuring Garda performance – time for some lateral thinking

A garda’s success is often crudely measured for example by the amount of arrests made, yet there is so much more to modern policing writes John O’Keeffe   The difficulty with measuring police performance has been one that has dogged police forces for generations. The very nature of policing is that it often sits in a cloud of subjectivity. One person’s […]

by · May 20, 2014 · Features, Modern Policing
G-Force raised the visibility of LGBT members but find the language issue within An Garda Síochána needs to be addressed.

Mind your language

Homophobia in Ireland has made headlines and the garda organisation needs to address this too, writes a recently retired member “Watch your arses lads!’. Standing outside the (gay) pub on a busy Saturday night queuing to get in.  A yob shouts homophobic abuse to his mates as they walk by the line of gay people. Nobody in the queue reacts. […]

Take my breath away

Take my breath away

A recent case means gardaí should now be more careful than ever when approaching a drink driving suspect for a breath sample in a garda station, says Kenny Kerins BL   Until the recent judgement in D.P.P. v Cagney [2013] IESC 13 in the Supreme Court the prosecution of a refusal/failure in a Garda station in a drink driving case […]

Democratic dissent is criticised in a culture that celebrates the whistleblower

Democratic dissent is criticised in a culture that celebrates the whistleblower

February 2014 editorial in the Garda Review: One year ago today the Garda Representative Association passed a vote of no confidence in the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence. Taking the opportunity to speak to the media with regard to his appearance before the select committee to discuss the revised estimates for the justice vote, he embarked on what can […]

by · February 14, 2014 · Editorial
Can we ever truly legislate for sex offenders?

Can we ever truly legislate for sex offenders?

As new child sex offender legislation comes before the Oireachtas, the debate surrounding such behaviours remains as complex as ever writes Blaithin Treacy.     The government plans to introduce new legislation regarding child sex offenders following a bill put forward by Roscommon independent TD Denis Naughton. This bill will allow gardaí to share relevant intelligence with parents, guardians and […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Features
Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

  An Garda Síochána is at a crossroads argues John O’Keeffe. Either it now properly equips its front line members to deal with violent crime or it loses its core mission – to protect and serve.   The perennial debate of where the modern Irish police force sits shows little sign of abating. In this magazine we raised the issue […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Features, Opinion
The funeral of Sharon Whelan (30), and her two daughters, Zara (7) and Nadia (2).

When words have no meaning

On Christmas Day five years ago John Whelan’s sister and two nieces were murdered. He now reflects on how at times of such unimaginable trauma, the criminal justice system continues to frustrate both garda and survivors alike   When you stand at my parents front door and you look down the valley towards the town of Callan Co Kilkenny, you […]

by · December 16, 2013 · Features
Christmas is one day only

Christmas is one day only

It is easier said than done, but it is definitely possible to decide that Christmas really is one day only, merely a date on the calendar writes Mary Hogan     “A ray of hope flickers in the sky/A tiny star lights up way up high…” Christmas is a magical, fairytale, spiritual time for countless people, most especially for families […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Features, Welfare