A chief's job is to lead, not sit and watch as calamity looms
By going abroad at a time of crisis, the force's senior officer has failed in her duty to a worried public, writes Eilis O'Hanlon
At 7am last Friday, members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors started their threatened 24-hour work-to-rule.
Crimes were being committed. Crimes were being reported. Crimes were even being logged into the Pulse system by rank-and-file gardai - but there they stayed, as sergeants and inspectors refused to do their constitutional duty.
Naturally, the Minister of Justice must have spent that evening locked in talks with the Garda Commissioner on ways to ensure that public order is maintained when the real strike action begins in a few short weeks, right?