Rot from the top that ripped the heart out of the gardai
RETIRED Garda sergeant Tom Tully is the epitome of the "straight cop". He joined the Garda in 1955 and served the first 22 years of his service in the Louth-Meath Division which, to this day, he describes as the "premier division".
There were no scandals in Louth-Meath. He talks of how gardai competed to outdo each other in their work and pride of appearance.
"Your eight hours on duty flew by. One unit was trying to do better than the other. You were busy doing your work not looking over your shoulder at politicians.