The Guards, You Say?



Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan before the Policing Authority earlier this month

The 36th annual MacGill Summer School and Arts Week.

It will take place from Saturday, July 16 to Friday, July 22 and, this year, it’s called Ireland 2016: Moving on from the past to build the future and the legacy of Brian Friel.

On Friday, July 22, at 4pm, there will be a discussion about An Garda Síochána.

The panel will include Robert Olson, Garda Inspectorate Chief Inspector; Jim O’Callaghan TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Justice and barrister; Conor Brady, Sunday Times columnist, former editor Irish Times, former member GSOC and editor of the Garda Review; Josephine Feehily, chairperson of the Policing Authority.

Management consultant Dr Eddie Molloy will be the moderator.

From the programme…

A sequence of investigations into An Garda Síochána, from Morris through Smithwick to most recently O’Higgins and their disturbing findings together with revelations by whistle-blowers, paint a picture of a police force in need of fundamental reform.

The Garda Inspectorate reports have very authoritatively confirmed this fact. Most recently, the new Independent Policing Authority issued a trenchant critique of the management culture of An Garda Síochána and has made it clear that it wants to see results.

Meanwhile, front-line gardaí have to do an increasingly difficult and dangerous job, particularly in urban areas, without adequate human and technical resources and, in the case of younger members of the force in particular, being underpaid for such a crucially important job.

It is claimed, not surprisingly, that morale, already low, is further depressed by these reports. The government has promised to increase garda numbers, establish special units to tackle organised crime and to invest in equipment and technology.

However, these initiatives will not resolve the deep-seated cultural malaise, cited in every report, that seems to span an endless catalogue of unacceptable practices, poor policing performance and incidents of corruption within the force, thereby undermining public confidence in and respect for An Garda Síochána.

Meanwhile, Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan will also be speaking at Magill. However, she will be speaking on Wednesday, July 20, during a debate about international terrorism.

Read the full MacGill Summer School programme here

Last night: We Need To Talk About The Guards

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12 thoughts on “The Guards, You Say?

  1. Cynic3000

    It’s not a few bad apples. It’s a lot of bad apples. A lot of aggressive bitter young cops taking out their bad pay and conditions on innocent members of the public. And the older generation are so long in the game, they just assume they have a right to break any law that suits them.

  2. Truth in the News

    How come Gemma O’Doherty or Sgt Maurice McCabe / Ex Garda John Wilson are not on the invited panel, We should start a campaign to have them included on the Panel after all they are the people that exposed the rot.

  3. RDJ

    Conor Brady – is Ireland so small that we couldn’t have found someone to be a member of GSOC whose father wasn’t a Guard, and who hadn’t been editor of the “Garda Review” in a previous role – a magazine self-described as “the professional voice of the Garda since 1923”?

  4. Jake38

    Massive reform is needed to bring the Gardai into the 21st century. For all our sakes.

  5. Supercrazyprices

    We need to do a PSNI on the Gardaí.

    Disband and reform as a normal police force instead of a political secret police.

  6. M

    Noirin O’Sullivan will be speaking on Wednesday, July 20, during a debate about international terrorism.

    Noirin O’Sullivan on international terrorism.

    I wonder what amazing insights awaits us there..

  7. ding dong

    sounds like a complete waste of time. did vicky conway not even get an invite. official ireland. brady left the it with a very good pension then got the ombudsman gig.

  8. Truth in the News

    What about intentional institutional subversion of the rule of law in the Police
    Is Joe Mullholland still involved in this annual outing in Glenties, we could have a
    session on press and media censorship and group think in RTE in relation to Sc 31.
    Mullholland should be able to fill us in on the goings on in RTE during his tenure…

  9. mikey

    The Guards. The same Guards who may have tipped off Philip Cairn’s murderer allowing him to cover his tracks.
    A great bunch of lads

  10. moroccan rug dealer

    Ive said it before…..when a cop like Adrian o Donoughue is gunned down as he got out of his patrol car and his killers are free……its points to a very seriious problem. Two of the scumbags are apparently in usa when they should be swinging from a rope. If the cops cant get justice for one of their own be assured morale will be rock bottom.

  11. Joxer

    to all the commenters…. if you want to get solid and considered spotlight on the issues you mention here then you need to setup your own summer school and invite those who are investigating and working on the likes of corruption in the Garda . i would attend that….

    1. Truth in the News

      There is in Glenties, but the crowd running it, only invite the elite, just like Brussells:

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