On February 1st 2016 the interviews will begin to select enumerators for the census to be undertaken in the Republic of Ireland on April 24th. Ninety years ago this was a task undertaken by the newly created Garda Siochana (trans. ‘Guardians of the Peace’). It was just one of many duties imposed on the force, which worked on behalf of many more ministries than the Ministry of Justice. I am working on a historical fiction suggested by a story told to me by a friend about his aunt. Against family opposition, she married a member of the force in the … Continue reading Making the Police Force Count: Past Roles of Garda Siochana.