25. Policing and Racism in Ireland

In this week’s episode we review 20 years of research and data to bring you a comprehensive account of what we know about racism and policing in Ireland. An Garda Síochána may not gather and publish all the data it should, but we still know a great deal. We are joined by Dr Sam O’Brien Olinger, Dr Aogan Mulcahy, Dr […]

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The Killing of George Nkencho with Ruth Coppinger

In this episode of The Beat Vicky speaks to Ruth Coppinger, politician and activist, about the killing of George Nkencho. We discuss the concerns she has and why she is supporting the family. We talk about the GSOC investigation, but also other steps which could be taken in the short term. A local ethnic diversity forum may be established and […]

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24. Michelle, a Debenhams Worker

This week on Policed, we talk to Michelle Gavin, who worked for Debenhams in Waterford for over 25 years. She was on the picket in Waterford for over a year, and tells us about the interactions they had with An Garda Síochána. We examine in detail how the Gardaí were used in the dispute, but also question whether they had […]

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23. Neil and Donna

This week we speak to Neil, whose sister Donna was killed while she was cycling in 2016. Neil talks to us about his interactions with the Gardaí after her death, how supportive the liaison officer could be, but how difficult it was to find out key information. We also consider the inquest process and the Garda role in that. Liam […]

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22. Cyclists and Road Safety: Conn’s Story

This week we consider and focus on the Garda role of road safety. In particular, Conn from Cork talks to us about his experiences of engaging with the Gardaí as a cyclist. The difficulties experienced in the reporting of crime points to cultural stereotyping of cyclists and a dismissal of the seriousness of the issue. We also speak to Mike […]

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Policed The Beat: Policing Crowds

We’re joined by Prof Clifford Stott of Keele University, a world leading researcher on crowd psychology who has long been involved in advising police forces internationally on the policing of crowds, particularly around football hooliganism. Reflecting on what happened in Dublin this weekend, he explains why it is essential we leave moralising at the door, engage with the underlying issues, […]

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21. Addiction with James Leonard

This week our very own James Leonard, of the Two Norries Podcast, talks to us about his experience of policing. We consider how young people in working class areas are policed and the interventions the Gardaí made in his life. To give context to this, Prof Shadd Maruna of Queens University Belfast, talks to us about the research on resistance: […]

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The Policing Authority CEO, Helen Hall

In this episode of Policed: the Beat we talked to Helen Hall, CEO of the Policing Authority, about a consultation currently running on what should be the priorities for the work of An Garda Síochána next year. We discuss what it means to prioritise different things, why it matters that the public has a say in this, how it shapes […]

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