Wednesday 7 December 2016

Let the gardai return to policing and not to managing a business

Garda rules forbid any serving member from publicly criticising the force - but after the funeral of Garda Tony Golden, one officer came forward. We will not publish his name, but we will publish his heart-felt cry for change

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

THE FUNERAL OF GARDA TONY GOLDEN: ‘Tony’s death, as with the death of other colleagues in recent years, sparks emotions of shock, grief, reflection and inevitably anger.’
THE FUNERAL OF GARDA TONY GOLDEN: ‘Tony’s death, as with the death of other colleagues in recent years, sparks emotions of shock, grief, reflection and inevitably anger.’

The term 'Garda family' is one we have heard since of the funeral of Garda Tony Golden. It is an apt analogy for the bond between members of An Garda Siochana.

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There is something about a death within a family that makes people reflect about where they are within the life journey of that family and within the journey of life generally.

I am a member of An Garda Siochana in the latter part of my service. News of the death of my colleague Garda Tony Golden hit me hard, as I am sure it did all my colleagues. Tony's death, as with the deaths of other colleagues in recent years, sparks emotions of shock, grief, reflection and inevitably anger, given our appalling treatment by the State and minority elements in society over recent years.

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