The Government had planned commemorate those who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) prior to independence. In a press release the minister responsible said she wanted to mark the centenary of events this year in a “measured and non-partisan manner that promotes respectful remembrance and reconciliation”. However, many politicians vowed to boycott it, criticising the RIC's conduct in the War of Independence and that of its armed auxiliary forces.

The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was one of the first organised police forces in Britain or Ireland when it was founded in 1836. At the same time the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) was founded.The RIC was armed, the DMP was not.

A few years ago I photographed the RIC memorial in Mount Jerome Cemetery and at the time I failed to notice that it had been damaged as a metal RIC badge had been removed leaving three holes in the granite. When I visited again a few days ago I noticed that an image of the badge had been carved onto the surface of a black disc which has been attached to the surface of the obelisk.

There are 40 members of the RIC interred in the large plot at Mount Jerome cemetery. The first burial took place in 1884 and the last in 1960.

The Irish Constabulary was renamed the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in 1867. The RIC was the provincial police force for Ireland up until it was disbanded in 1922.

Even though in 1913 86% of the force was catholic, sectarianism was rife within the force, especially when it came to promotion. As a result the RIC was not a well trusted police force.

85,208 men served in the RIC between 1814 and 1922. 549 RIC members were killed between Easter Monday 1916 and the disbandment of the force in August 1922.
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