The twentieth century was a time of rapid social change in Ireland: from colonial rule to independence, civil war and later the Troubles; from poverty to globalisation and the Celtic Tiger; and from the rise to the fall of the Catholic Church. Policing in Ireland has been shaped by all of these changes. This book critically evaluates the creation of the new police force, an Garda Siochana, in the 1920s and analyses how this institution was influenced by and responded to these substantial changes. Beginning with an overview of policing in pre-independence Ireland, this book chrologically charts the history of policing in Ireland. It presents data from oral history interviews with retired gardai who served between the 1950s and 1990s, giving unique insight into the experience of policing Ireland, the first study of its kind in Ireland. Particular attention is paid to the difficulties of transition, the early encounters with the IRA, the policing of the Blueshirts, the world wars, gangs in Dublin and the growth of drugs and crime. Particularly teworthy is the analysis of policing the Troubles and the immense difficulties that generated. This book is essential reading for those interested in policing or Irish history, but is equally important for those concerned with the legacy of colonialism and transition.
Vicky Conway is a lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Kent. With degrees in law and criminology she completed her PhD on accountability in the Irish police at Queen's University Belfast in 2008. She has previously held positions at the University of Leeds, University of Limerick and Queen's University Belfast. She has published extensively on policing and the Garda Siochana and regularly contributes to humanrights.ie.
Dr. Vicky Conway
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Social Issues, Services & Welfare
Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories
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