Laois Offaly Gardaí Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Women Joining The Force

Written 1 week ago by Sinead Hubble

This month marks 60 years since An Garda Siochana began recruiting women.

Just 12 women joined the force in July 1959.

Garda Ann Marie Deegan and Detective Garda Marie McWey from the Laois Offaly Division both with 27 years’ service in An…

Posted by Garda Síochána Laois Offaly on Thursday, 11 July 2019

It was the subject of much debate in the 50s, should there be women in the Gardaí.

When the idea finally got the green light in the Dail, 178 women applied, but just 12 were chosen.

Brid Wymbs from Co. Leitrim was one of them. She has fond memories of her time in the gardai.

Ban Gardaí, as they were known until the 1990s, weren’t allowed carry batons, had to wear a skirt and had to leave the force if they married.

Nowadays 27% of members are female, which is above the European average for female representation within a police force.