Losing The Hattitude




New Garda recruits at Templemore College, Co Tipperary yesterday, among 100 candidates selected from 27,000 applications.

The Government has insisted a new syllabus at the Garda College will encourage criticism, from new Garda members, of established practices.

They also claim the new training course will encourage recruits to question parts of policing culture without fear of colleagues’ reactions.


From top: Fionnuala Lawlor (right) and Aoife McEvoy; Some of the 100 new garda instake on parade; Rachel Killen and Angela Gavin.

New gardaí must be prepared to disobey an order, says Minister (Irish Times)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

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21 thoughts on “Losing The Hattitude

  1. Rep

    They’ll all end up as corrupt as their older colleagues. The Gardai need to be completely demolished and re-built.

  2. Dubloony

    Easier said than done. Fighting a culture where there is a macho “Us vs them” and you’re either one of us or not is extremely difficult. Needs very substantial change at the top and proper supports put in place for it to work. Supports could include change of career if things get too bad.

    1. Drogg

      A Non Irish Garda commissioner would help as well, as they won’t have been brought up through the corruption of our system and will bring a fresh approach to policing.

  3. Murtles

    Being a hat aficionado myself, I’m wondering why female guards get those awful boxy looking caps instead of the ones that their male counterparts have that don’t look as if chocolate kimberly are stored inside.

    OK brough it up to segway into the old classic fashion statement ; “Ya know what else would look good on her? ME!”

  4. Soundings

    Someone needs to caution Blondie under section 5 of the Public Order Act for the provocative behaviour of her left nipple (as I’m looking/staring at it, her right)

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