One-third of gardai will be women by next year - Independent.ie
Interesting article in today's SI (don't worry; it's not about Sinn Fein!) about a policy that has been pursued in recent years by our police force: increasing the number of female gardai.
According to the article, more than 1/3 of police will be female by the end of the year. This presents problems because (a) gardai who are pregnant (for good reason) are taken off "beat duty", reducing the number of gardai available to police the streets, and (b) female gardai are generally much weaker than men, leaving them and the general public at greater risk in certain situations, for example, in the case of a street brawl. (About a year ago, I saw two female gardai try to arrest a drunk on Parliament St.; it was, frankly, embarrassing, and one of their male colleagues had to intervene to subdue the bowsie.)
I think many people who use this site are in favour of gender quotas, but I wonder do they think that this is one profession, owing to the unique nature of the job, in which policies on "equality" should be disregarded?