Friday, November 7, 2014

The history of An Garda Síochána is a long litany of violence against citizens, of indiscipline, insubordination and ineptitude, corruption and illegality, of ill-treating detainees, botched investigations and much more – wrongdoing revealed by tribunals of inquiry culminating in the extraordinary findings of the Morris Tribunal whose recommendations still blow in the wind, in court trials and in debacles like the latest one that brought down the Minister for Justice.
The right to dissent peacefully is a cornerstone of democracy. Nevertheless, since the foundation of the Irish state, police violence has been routinely used to suppress protest movements – most notably protests by the most marginalised in society.?

Friday, October 24, 2014

 ABUSE CASE No.763978.?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In relation to this recent report, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: “In the past, we have had plenty of reports but not enough implementation. I will not let this be the case with the Penal Policy Review”. Referring to the ignored Whitaker report of 30 years ago, she said there now exists “the deep-rooted determination and political will to make change happen in penal policy”. Unfortunately, the Strategic Review of Penal Policy fails to address many of the deep-seated problems in Ireland’s prisons, and in many instances fails to even acknowledge them.?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fitzgerald added that the gardaí will be included in the Freedom of Information Bill, which is expected to be enacted quickly. 
I am determined to do whatever is necessary to provide our communities with the policing service they deserve and I am confident that the Government’s reform programme will achieve that,” she said. ?

‘Inside Probation’ goes behind the scenes at the Probation Service

‘Inside Probation’ goes behind the scenes at the Probation Service,“The most difficult groups I’ve worked with over the last 15 years would be young people. They’re very impulsive.Their brains haven’t fully developed, and they make very impulsive decisions.”?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

One group has said it is “extremely disturbing” that the Inspector cannot rely on official prison records.
Using diplomatic language in the otherwise straightforward report, the Inspector of Prisons wrote:
There is a lack of appreciation in some quarters that accurate and truthful records must be kept.
I must point out, at this juncture, that prison records are official records and it is a very serious matter to falsify official records.?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Amid the shocking allegations and controversies surrounding the Garda, for example, it’s worth remembering – as Conor Brady writes in his new history of the force – that “a police force is almost always a mirror image of society’s prevailing values”.? 
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