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An Garda Síochána plan 2022 centenary


Independent TD Joan Collins

Independent TD Joan Collins

Independent TD Joan Collins

There are major plans to commemorate the centenary of An Garda Síochána in 2022 after the RIC memorial fiasco of a year ago.

An oral history project, a re-enactment of the "storming" of Dublin Castle by the new Civic Guard, and the special award of a commemorative coin and ribbon to all serving members are on the cards.

News of the effort comes after a weekend recognising the centenary of the burning of Cork by Auxiliaries to the RIC.

Independent TD Joan Collins said yesterday the State attempt to commemorate the RIC had been insensitive and all anniversary commemorations would have to be respectful of all views.

A special committee chaired by a senior officer will coordinate the commemorations within the organisation.

Two significant events are planned, one on February 7, 2022, marking the meeting at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin where the decision to form the Civic Guard was taken.

The other will be in August to commemorate the storming of Dublin Castle by the Garda commissioner on August 17, 1922, when the Civic Guard took control of the former seat of British administration in Ireland.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors believes a commemorative medal could also be struck and presented to every serving member for members of the Defence Forces in 2016.

"Any ideas of merit would certainly be given consideration," said Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne.

The Garda Síochána Retired Members Association wants an oral history project to be considered, pointing out a similar project is taking place in the Military Archives in Cathal Brugha Barracks.

Some of this testimony and eyewitness accounts could involve anti-subversive operations over recent decades.