Upcoming Events

National | Anti-Capitalism

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

forward

Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Ireland, Neutrality and Global Militarization Mon Apr 20, 2015 17:51 | John Lannon

offsite link Bernanke versus Summers and the Irish ?Recovery? Sun Apr 19, 2015 20:54 | Michael Burke

offsite link Demonstrate in Solidarity with Venezuela. Sunday 19th April 2015 Thu Apr 16, 2015 17:31 | Irish Left Review

offsite link Education Versus Neo-Liberalism Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:01 | Bryan Wall

offsite link New Proclamation to the People of Ireland Thu Apr 09, 2015 13:09 | Kevin Higgins

Irish Left Review >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Some thoughts on sports funding? 13:15 Tue Apr 21, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link 1966 Garda review of The Revolutionary Forces 12:11 Tue Apr 21, 2015 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link Legal matters? 08:16 Tue Apr 21, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link 1916 and today? 08:16 Tue Apr 21, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Even by its words shall we know it 19:47 Mon Apr 20, 2015 | Tomboktu

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015

offsite link FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015

offsite link PETER NYBERG BANK INQUIRY EVIDENCE, 17 DECEMBER 2014 18:05 Sun Dec 28, 2014

offsite link For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014

Dublin Opinion >>

NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

NAMA Wine Lake >>

Why Should Workers Want the Gardai Reformed?

category national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Friday May 09, 2014 20:01author by Paddy Hackett Report this post to the editors

Populism within the Dail.

The more a police force appears to serve the class interests of the working class the more successful it may be in fooling the working class.


The whistle blower controversy concerning the Gardai is a non-issue concerning the class interests of the working class.

The gardai, as a security force, forms an essential arm of the Irish capitalist state. Consequently its function is to serve the class interests of the capitalist class --not the working class. Therefore calls for the improvement of this security force by "leftists" suggests that the Gardai in some way represents the class interests of the working class or is an apparatus of a state that stands independent of the capitalist class.

The Gardai can never serve the interests of the working class despite the degree to which it is reformed. Any reforms undertaken are, at most, made to deceive workers into believing that the Irish state exists to serve the interests of the wage worker.

The more a police force appears to serve the class interests of the working class the more successful it may be in fooling the working class.

All this stuff about misconduct within the Gardai has no real relevance for workers. At most its so called misconduct merely exposes the bourgeois nature of the force. Parliamentarians like Clare Daly, Mike Wallace and Ming Flanagan by tub thumping in relation to the Gardai are merely engaging in populism designed to fool the working class. Sinn Fein, not to be outdone, has been engaged in a similar exercise.

Calling for the resignation of Allen Shatter, as Justice Minister, is of no significance. It does not matter politically whether he resigns or not.He will be simply replaced by another politician from the parties in coalition government. By calling for his resignation the appearance is created that his replacement by another politician from a bourgeois party will make a difference.

The calling for the jailing of white collar crime is another issue that is not the business of the working class. Prisons are oppressive bourgeois institutions.

The only correct call, from the standpoint of the wage worker, is the call for the abolition of the Gardai.

Related Link: http://paddy-hackett.blogspot.com
author by Interested observerpublication date Thu May 15, 2014 09:40Report this post to the editors

If Gardai were abolished What/who would you suggest replace them? Any society needs some form of policing, If we were to fire all currently serving Gardai tonight, who would be responsible for the tasks they perform tomorrow?

author by Paddy Hackettpublication date Sat May 17, 2014 08:07Report this post to the editors

A people's militia!

author by Interested Observerpublication date Sat May 17, 2014 19:08Report this post to the editors

How would they be organisted, would they have a rank structure, Like most Western police, AGS are answerable to the elected government, how would your proposal differ, Would you have courts as we have today

 
© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy