Nationwide Demonstrations Planned At Police Stations Across Ireland.
A national mobilisation against police corruption is underway as part of the public response to recent uncovering of systemic abuses within An Garda Siochana, the Irish police force.
People have responded to an initial call to show solidarity with Maurice McCabe and his family by organising vigils and protests at police stations across the country, all timed to coincide at 6pm on Saturday 18th February.
Protests have been called so far at the following police stations
Trim, County Meath
Mill Street, County Galway
Coolock, County Dublin
Anglesea Street, Cork
Carlow town, County Carlow
Ennis Road, Kilrush, County Galway
Clontarf, County Dublin
Dominic Street, Kilkenny
Castlebar, County Mayo
Kevin Street, Dublin
Roscommon, Country Roscommon
Letterkenny, County Donegal
Cobh, County Cork
Monaghan, County Monaghan
What is striking is that this is decentralised call, outside any traditional political party. Looking at the events organised, they range from holding candle vigils in direct support of Maurice McCabe and family, to call for the protection of whistle-blowers and more explicitly political calls to end political policing around political dissent in communities.
The national mobilisations across the country in recent years, specifically around community resistance to water meter installation has lead to an increase public understanding of what political policing can and does look like.
Facebook groups have been popping up over the last few hours so the list above will quickly be out of date.
On one of the coordinating pages this map have been pasted showing garda stations across the country. Given how quickly this demonstrations of public solidarity are popping, we are likely to see a quite a significant turn out across the country on Saturday.