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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Social sciences

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Submitted to the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Technological University of Dublin, in partial fulfilment of the requirements leading to the award of MA in Criminology.


An Garda Síochána was established in 1922 as the national police force of the Irish state and has undergone organisational, developmental, growth and cultural change siical Unce inception in line with societal, legislative and governmental demands throughout the intervening 97 years. In more recent times and in tandem with this growth expansion and development, there has also grown a maleficent and damaging culture within the force where a culture of secrecy and lack of transparent function has emerged, whereby whistle-blowers of bad practice have been bullied and vilified for highlighting wrongdoing in the organisation. Following formal tribunals of enquiry and associated legislative change there has emerged considerable change in the approach taken by An Garda Síochána towards whistleblowing and the accommodation of whistle-blowers within its ranks. The aim of this study is to elicit the perceptions of members of An Garda Síochána and gain insight into their views and experiences of whistleblowing within the organisation.