Garda whistleblower John Wilson

In yesterday’s Sunday Times, Gemma O’Doherty reports that former Garda John Wilson still hasn’t received his ‘certificate of service’ even though he left An Garda Síochána 15 months ago – after 30 years of service.

From the report (not online):

“For any garda, your certificate of service is your reference,” Wilson said. “The first thing an employer looks for is a reference but because I do not have one, I am unable to apply for work. I urgently need a job. I have a family to look after and am under serious financial pressure. I requested mine more than a year ago and still haven’t got it. I feel I am being penalised.”

That petty.

Previously: John Wilson on Broadsheet

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20 thoughts on “How Petty?

  1. The Old Boy

    As a great man once said, If you want to get anything done in this country you’ve got to complain till you’re blue in the mouth.

  2. Buzz

    I don’t think employers give a toss about references in reality. And John Wilson is so high profile, he hardly needs one. I know that’s not the point but anyway. He should retrain in some sector where integrity is valued.

      1. Buzz

        I’d employ him in a heartbeat if I were in a position to. Trustworthy employees who take pride in doing the jub they are paid to do are not ten a penny.

  3. Delacaravanio

    He should apply for the job of Garda Commissioner. He’s already done more to reform the guards than the last five commissioners. Of course it’ll never happen precisely because he has integrity.

  4. Anne

    Is it normal that it takes them that long to get someone their piece of paper?
    Are they incompetent across the board or just in this case?

  5. Nikkeboentje

    I know from personal experience that it is extremely difficult to get a job in Ireland when you have been a whistleblower. You would imagine that companies would respect you for your integrity but the reality is that you are viewed as a snitch and therefore a liability.

    1. Buzz

      Jeez where’s the logic in that? If I run a professional organisation that wants people who give a sh*t, surely I’d want someone like John Wilson rather than some mé féiner whose biggest talent is in keeping his trap shut?

  6. Mé Féin

    Surely he has a pension after 30 years? Because, as the other posters said, a whistleblower is unlikely to get hired in most places.

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