A member of An Garda Siochana contacted TheLiberal.ie with the following letter:
I’m a 38-yr-old serving Garda who does not work in Dublin city. While like most people, I would rather not pay water charges, I understand the debt the country is in and I always believed that the government and Europe only want the best for the Irish people. That has changed.
I have never been as embarrassed or really as ashamed as I was on Sunday evening when the footage emerged on social media of that woman being thrown by 3 members onto a bollard outside the Mansion House. I’m a second generation gard, and I never wanted to be anything other than a gard, but I found it very hard to sit and look at my wife, who has been unwell recently, and think that she could have been on that front line for a different issue – such has hospital closures.
I know I wouldn’t have done what they did, I know that, but the thought that has been in my mind since Sunday is: “where does duty end and humanity begin?”.
Enda Kenny is the Taoiseach, and I’ve sworn to defend the State, but if that involves throwing a young woman onto a steel bollard – guilty or innocent, well that State has failed me and what I believed in when I went to Templemore.
I know I’m not the only one who feels like this in the force, and if this continues, we know we will have to decide if we’re on the side of the State or the side of the people. Sunday changed everything.
Please note – TheLiberal.ie queried the spelling of ‘gard’ and the garda said the gardai prefer that than guard.