Garda Commissioner’s medal – from Irish Times 12th.September 2018

Garda Commissioner’s medals

Sir, – While warmly wishing Garda Commissioner Drew Harris every success in his new appointment and welcoming him to the challenge he embraces, I would seriously question one decision he obviously gave thought to.

It is the accepted norm to wear medals and decorations awarded by the state that one serves on one’s uniform. However, it is not usual to wear medals and decorations awarded by another state. For a commissioner of a police force of a republic, particularly the Republic of Ireland, the wearing of UK medals (including a well-deserved Order of the British Empire) is simply wrong and likely to cause offence, although I am sure that this is certainly not his intention. – Yours, etc.,

Capt DONAL

BUCKLEY (Retd),

Castlebar,

Co Mayo.

One Response to Garda Commissioner’s medal – from Irish Times 12th.September 2018

  1. Eugene September 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    First I’ve heard about he wearing His “foreign” medals, but I’d say he got advise on that now. I did like what He said in Templemore , about Gardai remembering that they are servants of the Public, and they are there to help people, and to show respect. Too many times we have heard stories of serving members being nasty and unhelpful. Hopefully they will remember his words and heed them in their future careers.

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