Opinion

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

It is well established that gardaí need to exercise exceptional mental resilience in their daily work writes Conor Nolan. Have no doubt about it, policing is a job for the mentally tough. It is widely acknowledged that members of An Garda Síochána are expected to deal with an increasing number of potentially traumatic incidents than at any time in recent […]

by · October 7, 2016 · Opinion, Welfare
Drunk tank

Drunk tank

Detaining the intoxicated in a garda station requires consideration of the many legal issues writes Darren Martin. There is no such thing as the ‘drunk tank’ in this jurisdiction, nor can there be under current legislation. Ireland is not the only jurisdiction where this applies given the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on member States domestic […]

by · September 15, 2016 · Opinion
Rural fear

Rural fear

The closure of rural garda stations has resulted in residents living in fear writes Trevor Laffan.  As a recently retired member of An Garda Síochána with over 35 years’ experience I feel qualified to make certain observations. Crime is rising in rural Ireland and not only is it rising but it also seems to be taking on a more sinister […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Opinion
Out with the old and in with the new

Out with the old and in with the new

When it comes to employment rights, new employee legislation will impact on rank and file gardaí writes Aine Curran. The Workplace Relations Act 2015 is one of the most significant pieces of employment legislation to be introduced in recent years, radically overhauling the entire process of how employment rights disputes are dealt with in Ireland. Such reform was long overdue […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Opinion
Reading the Riot Act

Reading the Riot Act

Reading the Riot Act is no longer all that is required to disperse angry crowds writes Robert Block. Public order is a matter for concern in all civil societies. Without it the foundations of our daily lives can be severely disrupted; food runs short on supermarket shelves; people cannot get to work; hospitals become overstretched – put simply performing the […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Opinion
Secular Society

Secular Society

Simona Zudyte talks to Irish Islamic spokesperson Dr Ali Selim, about the Muslim community in Ireland and on the special challenges that the new international threat now pose to gardaí. It is the question on the lips of many. How safe are we in Ireland from recent acts of Islamic state terrorism? Dr Ali Selim, spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural […]

by · April 8, 2015 · Opinion
Preventing tragedy

Preventing tragedy

Having lost her family at the hands of a suicidal driver, Elber Twomey believes that the introduction of Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training will equip gardaí with the necessary skills to deal with suicidal people and may prevent further tragedies. The blame for my family’s death didn’t just rest with the man who killed them. It was shared with the […]

by · February 18, 2015 · Opinion, Welfare
It’s official: they now want to spy on gardaí

It’s official: they now want to spy on gardaí

The latest government draft bill has now come up with the dysfunctional suggestion that GSOC might spy on gardaí who have become ‘persons of interest’ writes John O’Keeffe   It could well read from the pages of a badly written John Le Carre novel. Then again, not many will have seen the latest pearls from the Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill […]

by · July 18, 2014 · Opinion
I’m a lawyer – get me in that station

I’m a lawyer – get me in that station

A recent case means gardaí can no longer interview a suspect if he asks for a lawyer until such legal advice has been obtained. Brendan Foley investigates   Supreme Court decisions, even those touching directly upon the daily duties of members, rarely have as much immediate and sweeping impact as will the recent joined cases of  DPP v Gormley and […]

by · June 12, 2014 · Opinion
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. […]