Changing of the Guard

Jack Marrinan’s battle to Modernise An Garda Síochána

Tim Doyle

This book tells the story of Jack Marrinan as a transformational figure in the force at a time of great social and economic change. Under his leadership the GRA evolved into a skilful and powerful negotiating body. Nearly all of the advantages that gardaí enjoy today in their service are built on the foundations he established.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Columba Books
Language:
English
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781782189299
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$24.99

Overview
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Jack Marrinan was a key modernizer of policing in Ireland. He was elected to the national executive of the Representative Body for Guards (RBG), the precursor to the Garda Representative Association (GRA). When younger gardaí were excluded from a pay award in 1961, the RBG instructed its members to “go slow” in implementing traffic regulations in Dublin. A meeting of protesting gardaí at the Macushla ballroom in Dublin was proscribed. About 160 guards who attended were served with disciplinary notices charging them with discreditable conduct. Eleven men, including Marrinan, were dismissed by the commissioner. Changing of the Guard tells the story of Marrinan as a transformational figure in the force at a time of great social and economic change. Under his leadership, the GRA evolved into a skilful and powerful negotiating body. Nearly all of the advantages that gardaí enjoy today in their service are built on the foundations he established.

About The Author
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Tim Doyle is a private investigator and former Garda. In 2001, he published his memoir, Get Up Them Steps, of his experiences serving with the Garda Síochána, the national police agency of the Republic of Ireland. It was his second book on the subject, the first being Peaks and Valleys: The Ups and Downs of a Young Garda (published 1997). Tim strives to give an honest, and often humorous, narrative of police work in Dublin, Ireland.

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