Gardai are there to serve the public – the thin blue line needs to be on the frontline
Out for a mid-evening stroll in suburbia recently, I had an unwelcome encounter of the 'I fought the law and the law won' variety. While I was crossing a side road, a fast-moving vehicle appeared out of nowhere and slammed on its brakes in front of me. The first I knew of its arrival was a blaring horn.
Startled, I stopped walking, and saw a furious man behind the wheel gesticulating at me to get out of his way. I was halfway across the side road – I hadn't just stepped out – and protested: "I was here first."
He glared, and whacked on a siren – at which point I realised he was a plainclothes cop. I had no choice but to jump aside, but I felt bullied.