Thursday 23 May 2019

Maeve Sheehan

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'We were nice people dragged into a world of crime' - family's chilling story as dealers try to extort cash over son's drug debts 

We meet in a hotel outside Dublin where they hope that they won't be recognised. They are understandably nervous because the ordeal that began for them last summer is far from over and probably never will be, they admit. Needless to say, they do not want where they live, or their names, to be published - so they go by John and Mary. Mary's son, Tom, the source of their...

NEW DIRECTION: New Garda Commisioner Drew Harris pictured at a Garda passing out ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, earlier this month. Photo: Don Moloney

Will proposals on policing help to solve more crime? 

The report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland published last week took rank-and-file members by surprise. Mostly because of how much it appeared to have come down on their side. It charted how they long felt undervalued and neglected, complained of nepotism and favouritism, how they were often pulled away from frontline policing to other duties, and condemned the hated work roster - the bane of many a garda's life - as not fit for purpose.