Sunday 28 May 2017

Honorary garda who became the much loved station 'boss'

Mickey Edmonds had a rare disability but knew all about forms which baffled management

'The guards have shown gross incompetence, and then engaged in cover-ups to hide it; calling for Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to stand down, or be fired, is a reasonable position to hold' (stock photo)
'The guards have shown gross incompetence, and then engaged in cover-ups to hide it; calling for Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to stand down, or be fired, is a reasonable position to hold' (stock photo)
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

For over 40 years, gardai in Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin cared for a mentally disabled man, Mickey Edmonds. From childhood, he had hung around the gates of the station and was eventually brought inside if it was cold or raining.

There was no State remedial care available, so it was provided by gardai. They tried to teach him to read and write but he had no comprehension of letters, never mind, words.

Mickey was one of the fortunate disabled children in Ireland in the 1960s in that he had both a loving home and an extraordinary garda station where he was also loved and looked after. He was eventually diagnosed with the syndrome, Fragile X. He died in October 2011 aged 53.

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