Friday 24 February 2017

Mother and daughter walk thin blue line for the first time

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Probationer Garda Gemma Crampsie with her mother Garda Madeline Crampsie and her grandparents Gerry and Greta Daley from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, at the passing out ceremony in Templemore yesterday. Photo: Brian Gavin/Press 22
Probationer Garda Gemma Crampsie with her mother Garda Madeline Crampsie and her grandparents Gerry and Greta Daley from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, at the passing out ceremony in Templemore yesterday. Photo: Brian Gavin/Press 22

An Garda Síochána now has a mother and daughter serving in the force for the first time.

Gemma Crampsie, from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was among 145 probationers who passed out from the Garda College in Templemore yesterday.

She has been allocated to Dundalk station.

Her mother Madeline graduated in 2000 and is based in Donegal.

Yesterday's new additions to the Garda's ranks also included 10 probationers originally from countries overseas, including England, Wales and the US.

This is the seventh intake to begin training at the college under the new BAS (applied policing) programme.

Meanwhile, speaking in Templemore yesterday, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan said she hoped that members of the Garda Representative Association who are balloting on pay proposals would reach the "right" decision.

She acknowledged that they had suffered a lot of hardship in recent years, but said she was hopeful that was changing and she was glad they had not embarked on industrial action earlier this month.

Irish Independent

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