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. […]

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
A road less travelled

A road less travelled

Promoting trust and confidence between the Traveller community and the gardaí is essential to modern policing writes Martin Collins   PAVEE Point Traveller and Roma Centre is a non-governmental organisation committed to the attainment of human rights for Irish Travellers and Roma. The group is comprised of Travellers and Roma and members of the majority settled population working together in […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Opinion
Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Good Cop, Bad Minister

No one should get too inspired by the Minister Shatter’s latest promise to recommence recruitment argues John O’Keeffe. Even if he does, it may be too little too late   JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter’s recent announcement that new gardaí will now be recruited because of the new public sector pay deal, has been greeted with scepticism by many in the […]

by · October 20, 2013 · Opinion
Lack of respect for frontline role

Lack of respect for frontline role

Frontline gardaí go into the unknown yet their contribution is undervalued in their remuneration, argues John O’Keeffe   THE British prime minister, David Cameron recently claimed that more police in the UK now work on the ‘frontline’ than at any other time in the Force’s history. Independent analysis would appear to support this proposition. Some 83% operate almost exclusively on […]

by · September 20, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Opinion
Faithful Place, Dublin, 1913. From the Darkest Dublin Collection (RSAI)

Rising discontent

On one level it could be argued that Jim Larkin’s vision of an equitable society has been fulfilled. Yet there is so much discontent about writes Tom Prendeville   EXACTLY 100 years ago, in 1913, Dublin had the worst slums in Europe, infectious TB was rampant and the city had a huge underclass of working poor. Eventually things reached a […]

by · September 19, 2013 · Opinion