As public relations exercises go the garda open day held in Tipperary Town is a perfect example of how to do it right.
It is a wonderful idea that opens up the world of everyday life and the responsibilities of the gardai and the other emergency services to the members of the public.
It was a very popular event with large numbers attending the station in Tipperary Town last Saturday, not only families with young children but also teenagers who acquainted themselves with the garda personnel in Tipperary Town and the various divisions involved in the broad work of An Garda Siochanna.
Many of those young people would love to have the opportunity to join such noble professions as the gardai, the fire emergency units, ambulance and other first responders. Unfortunately such career paths are denied to so many young people because of recruiting embargoes that force such organisations to try and maintain high standards while being seriously under resourced. It was not only an interesting day out but also a fun day out as the organisers arranged a fantastic schedule of events that included a number of demonstrations to illustrate the varied roles involved. Congratulations to Superintendant Nicholas McGrath, Sgt Paul Dennehy and Sgt Padraic Powell who organised the event. It gave the people a greater appreciation of the job that is being done and augurs well for the future relationship between the garda and the community.