This latest work by John O’Brien is a History of the period 1922 - 2022. It covers in meticulous detail the key actions taken by the Civic Guard/An Garda Síochána in providing a Security and Policing Service in the face of immense odds and occasional political Indecision. This is an unprecedented work in terms of scope and content. John O'Brien was a career member of An Garda Síochána for many years and he served at many different levels, retiring as a Detective Chief Superintendent
I am pleased to tell you that with the assistance of the GSRMA (Garda Retired) I have just completed another book, Securing the Irish State 1922 -2022 to coincide with the Centenary of the Civic Guard/An Garda Síochána.
This is the story of a Force born out of a bloody War of Independence and launched in the teeth of the brutal Civil War which followed. During this time, An Garda Síochána functioned almost exclusively as an unarmed police force.
This comprehensive work has not been attempted previously. It details one hundred years of policing and security in the Irish Republic. It is a first hand account written by an author who served at many different levels in the Policing and Security Service of Ireland. There is an excellent index and table of contents to assist the reader.