Guardians of the Peace
is a political history of the Irish Police or Garda Siochana from its foundation inthe early 1920's ,through the Irish Civil War, the threat of the fascist 'Blueshirts', the continuing campaign of the IRA, DeValera's entry into the Dail in 1932 and the creation, effectively of his own police force-'The Broy Harriers', through World War 2. It's author- Conor Brady is editor of The Irish Times and a well known 'security' writer and commentator. The book has eight pages of fascinating b/wphotos including three remarkable pictures of the fascist 'Blueshirts'.
The author's insightful introduction ends with 'The story told in Guardians of the Peace is part of a longer and wider narrative. But it is a story which still has relevance as Ireland moves, hopefully, to a new era of peace and stability. It is above all a chronicle of the idealism and the imperfections of ordinary men presented by history with the discharging of a rather extraordinary task.'