A Guarded Life

A Guarded Life My Story of the Dark Side of An Garda Síochána

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Synopsis

A GARDA, A FORCED ADOPTION, A FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

In 1984, Majella Moynihan was a fresh-faced young garda recruit when she gave birth to a baby boy. Charged with breaching An Garda Sìochána's disciplinary rules - for having premarital sex with another guard, becoming pregnant, and having a child - she was pressured to give up her baby for adoption, or face dismissal. It forced her into a decision that would have devastating impacts on her life.

Majella left the force in 1998 after many difficult years and, in 2019, following an RTÉ documentary on her case, she received an apology from the Garda Commissioner and Minister for Justice for the ordeal she endured as a young garda. Here, for the first time, she tells the full story.

From an institutional childhood after the death of her mother when she was a baby, to realising her vocation of becoming a guard only to confront the reality of a police culture steeped in misogyny and prejudice, A Guarded Life is both a courageous personal account of hope and resilience in the darkest times, and a striking reflection on womanhood and autonomy in modern Ireland.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529335989
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.2092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 285
Weight: 374g
Height: 153mm
Width: 232mm
Spine width: 25mm