An Oral History from Garda Síochána Retired Members Association
Women in the Gardaí
In July 1959, following a long-running campaign by civic groups, twelve women joined An Garda Siochána and were allocated to Pearse Street Station. Since then, women have made a crucial contribution to the organisation. There are currently almost 4,000 females making up approx. 30% of Garda members. This is above the European average for female representation within police services. In the samples below, you will hear from some of the female members who have made significant contributions to the history of An Garda Síochána.
Reflections on Career
Women and Promotion
Return to Donegal
'I WAS ABOUT TO DO AN ABOUT TURN'
'LOOKING BACK NOW ON MY CAREER AND I ACTUALLY LOOK AT IT IN STAGES OF DOGS.'
‘OF COURSE WOMEN WERE PAID LESS THAN MEN!’
‘I GOT A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD ONE DAY AND I APPLIED TO JOIN THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA.’
DROWNING IN THE LIFFEY
INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION
‘ONE GIRL [GARDA] ON CALL EVERY NIGHT FOR THE WHOLE CITY’