'GSOC creaking under weight of investigating trivial complaints'
Last week, as my bus stopped in traffic outside Leinster House, I watched a young garda on duty at the gates and wondered what he must think of the politicians pontificating inside. With just his high-visibility jacket and cap protecting him from the torrential rain, the garda was standing bolt upright, not betraying any discomfort, apparently impervious to the appalling weather.
It's not a job I, or most of you, would relish. Certainly not for a starting salary of just €23,000. And definitely not when the reputation of the force has taken such a battering in recent years.
Since late 2013, the thankless and difficult work done by rank-and-file members of An Garda Síochána has been largely erased from public discourse because of a focus on the treatment of whistleblowers.