Barrister of Law Paul Anthony McDermott was writing in the Sunday Times newspaper recently on how An Garda Síochána use social media. While using my book as his main focus for the column, he doesn’t mention the author. However, he seems to concur with my findings that “Gardai still haven’t quite clicked with social media sites” as the headline in the article states.
Here’s a transcript of that article with the copy of it below.
Published in the Sunday Times, 8th March 2015
“A new study has concluded that the approach of gardaí to social media is “playful, personal and exploratory”. It is rare that the national police force is attributed with the features of a puppy. Certainly, if your approach to the use of handcuffs is playful, personal and exploratory, you are probably better off watching Fifty Shades of Grey instead of sitting that aptitude exam at Templemore any time soon.
“The author of Social Media Under Investigation suggests gardaí are falling behind in the digital age, and are merely experimenting with social media instead of planning how to use it successfully. This seems harsh. Currently @GardaTraffic is tweeting such gripping headlines as “Gardaí in Bray Traffic Corps stopped a car with these tyres” and “Mayo Traffic – car illegal right turn, Knock.” Any International criminal viewing such dispatches from the front line is unlikely to risk extending his evil empire to Ireland. Or, if he does, he would be well advised to ensure that his car has passed the NCT.
“Many of the garda