Policing Matters

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Title: Policing Matters
Authors: Molloy, Ciara
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11335
Date: 2019
Online since: 2020-04-03T14:47:43Z
Abstract: This article examines the historical origins of Garda industrial relations [IR] through the lens of the ‘thin blue line’. This concept, which equates the absence of the police with chaos, had significant implications for the IR structure of the nascent force, the manner in which discontent was expressed by Gardaí during various industrial disputes and the nature of political responses to Garda grievances. Although the thin blue line often serves as justification for the curtailment of Garda labour rights, it will be argued that both the Gardaí and the political establishment share a vested interest in its preservation. Paradoxically, until one or both parties relinquish their adherence to this concept, the thin blue line will ensure the continued stagnation of the IR capabilities of the force.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Thomson Reuters Round Hall
Journal: The Irish Jurist
Volume: 62
Start page: 72
End page: 98
Keywords: Thin blue lineGardaíIndustrial relationsPolice unionismRight to strikeEuroCOP
Other versions: http://www.irishjurist.com/index.htm
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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