Opinion

Monday 24 September 2018

Drew Harris is a game-changer for future of Garda

The perpetrators of some of Ireland's most notorious murders won't be sleeping too soundly with Drew Harris as Garda Commissioner

Drew Harris
Drew Harris

William Matchett

In 1933, Edward ''Ned'' Broy was made Garda Commissioner. The appointment caused enormous shock. The Free State was in danger of tearing itself apart as the losers in the Civil War were now top dogs.

Memories of the fratricide were fresh. One side, the anti-treaty forces under Eamon de Valera, had broken away from the flat-earth thinking of Sinn Fein to form Fianna Fail. By 1933, de Valera's party was in power. Broy was their man.

The opposing side, Fine Gael, the treaty party of Michael Collins, grudgingly accepted the nomination. A fledgling state was finding its way. Good people in opposite camps sat down together and worked out a peaceful transition of power.

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