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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Christmas Day five years ago John Whelan’s sister and two nieces were murdered. He now reflects on how at times of such unimaginable trauma, the criminal justice system continues to frustrate both garda and survivors alike When you stand at my parents front door and you look down the valley towards the town of Callan Co Kilkenny, you […]
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 […]