Post Tagged with: "Station Watch"

Annual leave – a right not a privilege

Annual leave – a right not a privilege

Covid-19 has raised particular problems with the taking of annual leave. Ciaran O’Neill looks at the rights of gardaí to take and carry forward such leave during these times 2020 has been a very extraordinary and difficult year, particularly for Frontline workers; without doubt, we could all do with a break. In the first few months of the Covid pandemic, […]

by · November 4, 2020 · Features
Fun Leary

Fun Leary

A day out with gardaí from Dún Laoghaire is a special treat discovered Editor John O’Keeffe – professionalism writ large My 91-year-old mother has a name for them. “Lovely young men,” she calls them. I have never quite known who these “lovely young men” were, or indeed if they even existed – that is until I met Garda Seán Sheehy […]

by · October 4, 2020 · Features
For real with the Cyber Crime Crew

For real with the Cyber Crime Crew

Last month, D/Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary was appointed as the first Head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau. Editor, John O’Keeffe met the Chief and his team and left with a distinct impression that he had just encountered a very special group of men and women They say height doesn’t matter. They say don’t worry about it John. 5ft […]

by · September 4, 2020 · Features
pictured: Gardaí Michael Gohery, Mairead Hehir and Niall Murphy of Nenagh Garda Station exude authority - impressively wrapped in an outer layer of kindness and common sense.

Nenagh – A touch of class

As Editor, John O’Keeffe recently discovered, Nenagh Garda Station is more than the sum of its parts and it contributes to both urban and rural policing like few others Nenagh is the largest town in North Tipperary with a tantalisingly uneven population count of 7,995 at the last census and with a District size of some 44,500. It is part […]

by · August 15, 2020 · Features
Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. Arklow Gardaí Sarah Boland and Siobhan Merrigan take a moment at the stunning Glendalough Lakes

A garden that bears much fruit

This month Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the men and women of Arklow Station in the garden of Ireland and found a Frontline embedded in their communities Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. With a population of some 13,000, Arklow town looks up at its larger metropolitan […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features
Gardaí Philip O’Neil, Siobhán Costello, Dáithí Ó’Floinn and Sergeant Mark Daly, pause for a moment before going out on a Covid-19 checkpoint near Mallow.

Mallow Garda Station? It might just be the template

Visiting the beating heart of Cork County, Editor John O’Keeffe couldn’t help but notice a distinct unity of purpose The moment you meet him you’ll like him. That’s always a good start. I’m talking about Superintendent William Duane, chief bottle washer at Mallow Garda Station. And it’s important. To be a well-liked Superintendent is, unsurprisingly, not a given. Duane need […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Features
Garda Matthew Lenehan and Garda Alan O’Hanlon. Exactly the type of young Frontline gardaí you would want calling to you in a crisis

I Just Want to Dance with You…

John O’Keeffe visited Letterkenny Garda Station and met a group of men and women for whom Daniel O’Donnell should usefully write a song Letterkenny is the type of town that surely we would all like to live in if we knew it properly. Small enough to care but big enough to cope, it exudes all the muscular confidence of a […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Features
An upstairs fire exit which is only accessible through a working toilet. Seriously?

One word. Disgraceful.

  Despite meeting an exceptionally enthusiastic and professional group of gardaí in Clonmel Station, Editor John O’Keeffe, was truly appalled at the conditions they are expected to work in TIhave visited numerous stations up and down the country, and it is true Sligo and Macroom Garda Stations (to name but two) have not been without their significant woes; certain stations […]

by · March 15, 2020 · Features
Balbriggan’s best: 
Garda Paul McCarthy,
Garda Ciarán McQuaid,
Garda Nikki McMorrow and Garda Rebecca O’Sullivan

Making the ordinary extraordinary in Balbriggan

Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit Balbriggan Garda Station and met with the men and women of ‘the Regular’ There’s something about the word ‘regular’ that seems to send people into the land of nod. The Oxford Dictionary describes it as, “existing or happening repeatedly in a fixed pattern with equal or similar amounts of space or time between one […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features
Cool Kats: Gardaí MJ Carroll and Paul McDonnell of the K-KATS Unit

Station Watch, Blanchardstown: Cool for K-KATS

Having spent a day with the gardaí of Blanchardstown Garda Station, Editor John O’Keeffe can only wonder at the amount of work that is juggled on a daily basis Visiting the Frontline in Blanchardstown Garda Station, and their boss Superintendent Liam Carolan, is an eye opener – on so many levels it’s difficult to know where to begin – but […]

by · August 10, 2019 · Features