The Gardaí

PSYCHOLOGICAL OPPRESSION OF COMPLAINANTS BY GARDAÍ

In two recent programmes in the Finné series on TG4, the violent activities of a ‘Heavy Gang’ within the ranks of the Garda Siochaná was highlighted. The beatings by these ‘Thugs in Uniform’ lead to confessions which in turn lead to the convictions of Martin Conmey (for manslaughter) and Osgur Breatnach (for the Sallins Train Robbery). Both …

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SENIOR GARDAÍ: IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION?

The findings of the 3rd interim report of the Disclosures Tribunal are truly shocking though not expected. The behaviour of two senior gardaí is on par with practices of debased police forces in less salubrious parts of the world though, at least those countries do not hypocritically pretend to be democratic and respect human rights. But …

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CAN THE GARDAÍ ADMIT FLAWS AND FAILURES?

It was recently reported that a serving Garda was suspended, and a Garda station searched, in the course of an investigation into some motoring insurance scam in which it was suspected the garda was involved. In recent times we have seen serving gardaí convicted and imprisoned for fraud, harassment and the unlawful disclosure of confidential Garda …

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NEW COMMISSIONER – NEW BROOM, OR MORE OF THE SAME OLD PLATITUDES?

In his first days in office the new Garda Commissioner said that he envisaged a garda service that is ‘responsive’, ‘accountable’, ‘transparent’ and ‘open to concerns raised externally’. If that is his vision he would be making a good start by answering 3 simple questions posed to the Garda Authorities some 15 months ago following …

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