Wellbeing & Culture

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

In the second of his two-part series on the Garda College at Templemore, Tom Daly considers its uses to the present day In the aftermath of the Civil War, Richmond Barracks, Templemore, was renamed McCann Barracks and occupied by the Free State Army and remained in steady use until after World War II. It then became one of the huge […]

by · December 4, 2020 · Wellbeing & Culture
Our Home. Simples

Our Home. Simples

Every uniformed body has a place that, for better or worse, is their spiritual homes says Tom Daly. In Part One of a two-part series, he takes a look at the history of the Garda College While Garda Headquarters is an architectural jewel and historical as the first purpose-built police training centre in the world, it is the Garda College […]

by · November 4, 2020 · Wellbeing & Culture
De-escalation – the only game in town

De-escalation – the only game in town

In tense situations, gardaí, and others, connecting quickly on a psychological level with someone who may be highly emotional, is not just useful – it is vital says Kevin Redmond We live in febrile times. Reading a situation quickly and correctly is the first part of de-escalating and controlling a situation. The second part is not just getting the other […]

by · September 4, 2020 · Wellbeing & Culture
Police culture & mental health

Police culture & mental health

How does police culture affect the decision-making process of officers following traumatic events asks Alan Campbell? Loyalty is a double-edged sword. While police culture provides a network of supports, keeping quiet or being secretive about any difficulties or problems encountered following trauma is considered an expression and sign of loyalty to the organisation and police culture. However, remaining secretive can […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Wellbeing & Culture
Anxiety in the Court

Anxiety in the Court

When joining An Garda Síochána, many are unaware of the courtroom realities that await them. Mairead Leen considers   The training that gardaí receive for dealing with the interrogation process that will face them during their careers is, it is suggested, at best, foundational. In Garda College, trainee barristers are drafted in to practice their cross-questioning skills, while the trainee […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Wellbeing & Culture
Holding back the tiers

Holding back the tiers

“Appointed” or “disappointed” are often the phrases heard after a promotion list is published in An Garda Síochána writes Darren Martin Promotions in An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006 as provided for by the Garda Síochána Act 2005. A person joining An Garda Síochána must have completed probation, usually two years after attestation, and […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Wellbeing & Culture
Dealing with Anxiety

Dealing with Anxiety

Feelings of anxiousness and fear are evident across all police forces. Tara Geraghty considers how gardaí can deal with such work-related stress Working as a member of An Garda Síochána involves dealing with high pressure situations on a daily basis and it is natural to experience feelings of stress or anxiety. However, if these feelings become a regular side effect […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Wellbeing & Culture
Good mental health is a garda’s wealth

Good mental health is a garda’s wealth

As a GRA Wellbeing Survey gets underway, Dr. Finian Fallon examines potential issues  that can affect the lives of the Frontline This is the next step in a difficult conversation that we need to have. Since the infamous destruction of the New York Trade Center in 2001, worldwide, there has been a growing appreciation of the impact of Post Traumatic Stress […]

by · May 7, 2018 · Wellbeing & Culture
Occupational burnout

Occupational burnout

Few professions create burnout more than that of a police officer writes Finian Fallon – but the frontline too can find their inner Zen Burnout refers a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion, which can be caused by too much exposure to stress over a period of time. Burnout occurs in many people who work in different professions. For […]

by · August 3, 2017 · Wellbeing & Culture
The only thing to fear? Fear itself

The only thing to fear? Fear itself

Gardaí feel fear like everyone else; honing physiques and not considering the mental component is to miss the point, writes Aidan Carroll Many people take to the gym to practice techniques and lift weights in a bid to build a stronger physique. Whilst developing a faster punch and a chiseled six-pack, they often ignore the most important part of training; […]

by · January 25, 2017 · Wellbeing & Culture