Opinion

Context is King

Context is King

Our overriding priority has always been the communities we serve. And now, that has just gotten a lot more difficult writes Damien McCarthy We have always protected the vulnerable – but now everyone is vulnerable to an invisible enemy. Pearse Street Station is at the epicentre in Dublin 2. The DMR South Central is the biggest Garda Division in the […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Opinion
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
What works?

What works?

Unpacking the ‘black box’ of the frontline professional’s and young person’s relationships to youth justice settings is essential writes Deirdre Fullerton, who reviews the international research evidence In 2018, the REPPP project commenced a study to assemble and synthesise the international research evidence on a policy led youth justice question focusing on the professional relationship between the practitioner (i.e. youth […]

by · September 16, 2019 · 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
press and media camera video photographer on duty in public news event for reporter

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