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
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
Is the whistleblowing saga powered by hot air?

Is the whistleblowing saga powered by hot air?

To rank and file gardaí, the latest whistleblowing saga appears very much like these things always appear to those who work the frontline – diversionary hot air writes John O’Keeffe. Picture this scene if you will. Tom has been in the Force for 15 years.*  He graduated from Templemore at a time when the Celtic Tiger had begun to lick […]

Due process and presumed innocence? Not for a garda

Due process and presumed innocence? Not for a garda

When it comes to basic human rights for gardai, it’s one rule for them and another for everyone else says John O’Keeffe. I could probably highlight a serious garda injustice every week.. On balance I, and this magazine, must highlight the cases where it is felt that not only was a grave disservice done to a garda or gardaí, but […]

by · February 12, 2014 · Opinion
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
Why we just love to hate Love/Hate

Why we just love to hate Love/Hate

Gritty TV dramas are often used as spurious reasons to explain any rise in violent crime says John O’Keeff.   Joe Duffy has been busy over the last while. Then again, Joe Duffy is always busy. Joe is never busier than when RTÉ produces something that is good – amazingly good. When RTÉ churns out some US re-runs all is […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Opinion