A centenary event to celebrate the first Commissioner of An Garda Síochána will take place at Michael Staines’ birthplace in Newport, county Mayo today.

 A plaque will be unveiled by the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Michael Staines (Grandson of Commissioner Staines) this afternoon at midday at Canon Killeen Park in the town.

Born in Newport in 1885, Michael Staines was the son Margaret and Edward, a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Officer.

As a founding member of the Police Organising Committee, established to plan the formation of Ireland’s first unarmed police and security service, Michael Staines T.D attended the inaugural meeting held in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on the 9th of February, 1922.

He was later appointed the first Commissioner of An Garda Síochána and led the very first recruits through the gates on Dublin Castle on the 17th of August, 1922 when the former centre of British Rule was formally handed over.

Today’s event is part of the Gardai’s national centenary celebrations.

Westport based Garda Tony McCabe told Midwest News John Morley why it’s important to remember Michael Staines, a historical figure in the Gardai…


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