An Garda Síochána, like so many other components of the public service, only tend to receive media coverage in the wake of a controversy.
The tedious day-to-day activities which officers conduct throughout the State are of little or any interest to those with deadlines to pursue and headlines to craft.
Taking for granted an unarmed force who have maintained the rule of law despite subversive and ‘Gangland’ criminality is something we the public ought not to do.
That the Gardaí became the accepted police force of this State in the wake of the Civil War remains one of the Free State Government’s finest achievements.