After Wicklow it is time for the Gardai to stand up and be counted

After Wicklow it is time for the Gardai to stand up and be counted

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Last night 250 people converged on Wicklow Garda Station in their common anger against the way the Gardai behaved earlier in the day during a water meter protest.

During the day the Gardai arrived mob handed, and without debate or consideration of the rights of the locals they started bundling people into police vans without lawful reason; it was as if they were acting as a private security firm for Irish Water.

The people of Wicklow are not happy and last night’s protest at the Garda Station is the latest manifestation of this anger. They have had enough of this disregard for people’s rights with the Gardai overstepping their mandate and not applying the law equally.

It seems no complaint made against meter installers is even investigated. When aspects of law, legislation, regulations and constitution are being breached, or about to be breached, by Irish Water the Gardai simply ignore the law where it applies to this company and turn all their attention against the people.

A video of yesterday’s protest showed this sad irony as one local woman read out loud the Garda oath while the Gardai ignored it and continued to take people away. The irony is highlighted:

I hereby solemnly and sincerely declare before God that _ I will faithfully discharge the duties of a member of the Garda Siochana with fairness, integrity, regard for human rights,diligence and impartially, upholding the Constitution and the Laws and according equal respect to all people. While I continue to be a member, I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all my duties according to Law, and I do not belong to, and will not remain a member form, belong to or subscribe to, any Political party or secret society whatsoever. {2005.} {No.20} Garda Siochana Act 2005.

It was evident yesterday that there were many Gardai who looked visibly shamed by this obvious disregard for their oath, and what the government are asking them to do; but there were others who seemed to be unaware of their unethical actions, and a few who reveled in it. These unhappy Gardai really need to make a stand, perhaps through their union, against the politicising of the Gardai by the government, and against being forced into applying inequality in their job. It is up to the Gardai themselves to make this happen from within their organisation.

It is evident across Europe that the controllers of these countries have a long term policing agenda, and that agenda is to change the police into a “force”, to militarise them, and to set them apart from, and above the people. We have seen increasing evidence of this in recent years and especially this week, and we are now facing legislation in all European countries increasing police powers. Without the Gardai being obliged and held liable to honour their oath of office this European agenda is a very worrying trend for the future.wicklow-858x338

If the Gardai don’t start remembering where they come from, from the communities they grew up in among their friends and neighbours, and change the way they are acting, then the next stage will be those 250 protestors outside the Garda Station will decide the Gardai have no mandate or consent in their community. they will occupy the Garda stations the same way the Icelandics did when they were forced to do so to gain the release of arrested protestors, and to ultimately take back control of their country.

Gardai need to remember, every oppressive state in history came into being through the enforcement of oppressive laws, not by the leaders, but by the police they use to fulfill their plans. The Gardai are being used as that blunt tool in Ireland, and they need to realise this. The people want the Gardai on their side so it is time the Gardai started thinking about what kind of country they really want to live in, and made the changes themselves.

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9 Comments

  • Posted January 17, 2015

    peter

    All these anti water charge lefties are looking for is someone to get hurt during these protests so they can point their fingers in shame. The Gardai did right. They controlled a situation where they were potentially dealing with an agrivated crowd of trouble makers.

    • Posted January 17, 2015

      Admin D

      Perhaps if you watch the video you will see nothing of the sort happened

    • Posted January 17, 2015

      gerardbyrne

      another blueshirt mouthpiece

    • Posted January 17, 2015

      mickdwyer

      Keyboard warrior make yourself known to the people

    • Posted January 18, 2015

      slam (@slamdunkzx)

      how long have you been a guard Peter? either way youre wrong.

  • Posted January 18, 2015

    Paul g Hyland

    Seem that they have now capitulated to the wishes of their new boss and master mr Dennis o brien ,

  • Posted January 18, 2015

    kevin doyle

    the responsability for their actions lies with kenny and fitzgerald

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