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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