Opinion

Community Policing – this is what it means

Community Policing – this is what it means

EDITORIAL: ‘Measurement’ has become big in police forces across the world. Yet how do you actually measure a police officer’s performance in their job? Today, it’s all about numbers and metrics. If you respond to a call very quickly, deal with it, and then take it off the system even more expeditiously, that is a job well done. Frontline gardaí […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Opinion
Mr. Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner

New Beginnings

EDITORIAL: September 2018 is a big month for An Garda Síochána. This is the month we welcome our new Commissioner, Mr. Drew Harris, and the GRA is very happy to so do. In doing so, we would like to take this opportunity to also thank Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin for his continued service over the last year. When Mr. […]

by · August 27, 2018 · Opinion
They know the code

They know the code

  EDITORIAL: There has been much media attention in recent times on the Garda Code of Ethics – training on which is now advanced. On completion of training, those who have attended are requested to individually sign a declaration to the effect that they have, “read and understand the Code of Ethics for An Garda Síochána and will adhere to the […]

by · August 25, 2018 · Opinion
Time to defend the defenders

Time to defend the defenders

  EDITORIAL: A recent report suggests that Ireland is deficient in addressing ‘hate crime.’ Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to how our judicial system views assaults on the Frontline men and women of An Garda Síochána. The reality is that prison sentences for assaults on gardaí are not handed down of sufficient length to deter this type of […]

by · July 25, 2018 · Opinion
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Fake news is real

When it comes to crime reportage, the media has a heavy burden to carry writes Nicola Mitchell The role the media plays in reporting crime and influencing the public’s perception of crime has received a lot of attention over the years. Much of the research has focused on the link between watching violence and perpetrating criminal acts of violence. There […]

by · May 10, 2017 · 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