Diarmaid Ferriter: Will an Garda Síochána tackle sordid aspects of its own history during centenary?

Apologies long overdue to those who suffered egregious behaviour of gardaí in 1970s

Osgur Breatnach: was wrongly convicted of the Sallins mail train robbery. He is still waiting for an apology for what he suffered because of what he termed in 2018 “a very strong culture in there . . . one of Blue Omerta”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Osgur Breatnach: was wrongly convicted of the Sallins mail train robbery. He is still waiting for an apology for what he suffered because of what he termed in 2018 “a very strong culture in there . . . one of Blue Omerta”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was much piety on display when An Garda Síochána celebrated its 50th birthday in 1972.

A celebration of Mass in St Paul’s, Mount Argus, was led by Dermot Ryan, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, and concelebrated by 50 priests who were sons of members and ex-members of the force, while serving and retired Gardaí assisted on the altar.

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