Tim Doyle Changing of the Guard

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Jack Marrinan was a key modernizer of policing in Ireland. He was elected to the national executive of the Representative Body for Guards (RBG), the precursor to the Garda Representative Association (GRA). When younger gardaí were excluded from a pay award in 1961, the RBG instructed its members to "go slow" in implementing traffic regulations in Dublin.

A meeting of protesting gardaí at the Macushla ballroom in Dublin was proscribed. About 160 guards who attended were served with disciplinary notices charging them with discreditable conduct. Eleven men, including Marrinan, were dismissed by the commissioner.

Changing of the Guard tells the story of Marrinan as a transformational figure in the force at a time of great social and economic change. Under his leadership, the GRA evolved into a skilful and powerful negotiating body. Nearly all of the advantages that gardaí enjoy today in their service are built on the foundations he established.

“Marrinan’s diplomacy, energy and vision steered a course through difficult challenges, and in the process introduced professionalism to staff representation. During his service, the standards and conditions of employment for all ranks were transformed by his litany of skills; from his sharp intellect and common sense to his moderation and professionalisation of Garda industrial relations. 

All gardai owe Jack a great debt of gratitude.” – Ciaran O’Neill, former president of the GRA.

“Jack Marrinan was an extraordinary leader, innovator and visionary. The very foundations of the Garda Síochána’s 21st century professionalism and the force’s role in Irish society owe more to him than to any other individual.” – Conor Brady, former editor of The Irish Times .


About the Author

Tim Doyle is a private investigator and former Garda. In 2001, he published his memoir, Get Up Them Steps, of his experiences serving with the Garda Síochána, the national police agency of the Republic of Ireland. It was his second book on the subject, the first being Peaks and Valleys: The Ups and Downs of a Young Garda (published 1997). Tim strives to give an honest, and often humorous, narrative of police work in Dublin, Ireland.

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'Jack Marrinan was an extraordinary leader, innovator and visionary. The very foundations of the Garda Síochána's 21st century professionalism and the force's role in Irish society owe more to him than to any other individual.'
- Conor Brady, former editor of The Irish Times

'Marrinan’s diplomacy, energy and vision steered a course through difficult challenges, and in the process introduced professionalism to staff representation. During his service, the standards and conditions of employment for all ranks were transformed by his litany of skills; from his sharp intellect and common sense to his moderation and professionalisation of Garda industrial relations. All gardai owe Jack a great debt of gratitude.'
- Ciaran O’Neill, former president of the GRA

'The Garda Siochana Retired Members Association are delighted to support our member, Tim Doyle, for undertaking the very important research in Changing of the Guard outlining the struggles of Jack Marrinan, who was a central and pivotal figure in the modernisation of An Garda Siochana over a considerable period.'
- Mick Lernihan, General Secretary GSRMA.

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