Heroic history can't be lost in Garda pay row

Garda Commissioner Eoin O'Duffy in 1919

Tim Pat Coogan

My father was the first Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Síochána and, as he died when I was 12, I do not remember very much about him. But one statement of his abides with me. He used to say that the setting-up of a trusted, unarmed, police force in the middle of the Civil War was the new state's finest achievement.