Dermot Walsh

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Public health staff were three weeks ago given the power to detain a person suspected of suffering from coronavirus so they can be put into isolation. Photograph: Getty Images

People who ignore advice about the spread of Covid-19 and who do not act in the best interests of public health can face criminal prosecution resultin(...)

Italian carabinieri officers stand guard outside a town closed by the government due to coronavirus. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Italy has responded to the arrival of multiple cases of coronavirus by putting towns under lockdown, closing schools and sending restaurant customers (...)

Prof Walsh said the Policing Authority lacked a “democratic mandate in any meaningful sense” as its members were selected by the government from a shortlist provided by the Public Appointments Service

The Policing Authority, which was set up to depoliticise control of An Garda Síochána, is engineered so that the real power remains with government, a(...)

The 1998 Act was introduced in the wake of the Real IRA bombing in Omagh, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Frank Miller

It is likely that the State will appeal the decision of Ms Justice Marie Baker that the “withholding information” offence, contained in the Offences A(...)

Michael Sweeney was charged in 2011 with withholding information which might have lead to arrest or prosecution of another person. Photograph: Collins

A man charged with withholding information possibly leading to arrest or prosecution of another person in connection with a man’s killing in Sligo has(...)

“We are happy to let jurors decide if someone goes to prison for a good chunk of their life while also remaining blissfully unaware of any biases, misconduct or misunderstandings that may have led to that decision.” File photograph: Getty Images

There’s a neat little concept used in computer science and physics called the black box. It describes a system, for example a computer programme, wher(...)

‘While former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan may have been qualified to lead a major police service, An Garda Síochána was not that police service.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The early retirement of the Garda commissioner is a consequence of an ingrained government failure to tackle the endemic weaknesses in Garda governanc(...)

The behaviour of members of An Garda Síochána is in focus at the moment. Trust in policing has been damaged by a number of controversies. Children in the inner city were ahead of the curve on this distrust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Every day in parts of Dublin, teenagers are searched and talked to by gardaí as though they are adult criminals. I see this occasionally as I walk thr(...)

The Policing Authority does not displace the government or Department of Justice in Garda governance to any significant degree. It is a pale shadow of the old police authorities in England and Wales and the current Policing Board in Northern Ireland

There is a dark side to the Garda Síochána. For the most part it is obscured by the excellent service given by many gardaí daily up and down the count(...)

Dr Walsh worked as a as a psychiatric adviser to the Department of Health from 1987 to 2003.

The death has occurred of Dr Dermot Walsh, the long-time inspector of mental hospitals and a fierce critic of accommodation standards for long-stay ps(...)

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