By Rebecca Black, PA
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he worked hard not to get bitter after his father was killed by the IRA.
The senior officer’s father , Alwyn, a Superintendent of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), died in a car bomb attack in 1989.
He remained in the force when it became the Northern Ireland Police Service and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police before joining the Top position on Lake Garda.
“It takes a long time to deal with something so difficult, traumatic and terrible in your life and you carry it with you every day,” he told RTE’s The Late Late Show.“Every day I thought of my father, but in relation to me as a police officer and now as a Garda Commissioner, it means to me that I have compassion for those who have been the victims of serious crime.
” In many ways Respect, this has become profound This has had an impact on my assessment of what policing should be … and what we should do for those who have no voice or who may be marginalized in society. “
” In these matters, you may have a choice , I was married to Jane, we had our first son and three other children after that, and you have a choice in which household your children will grow up in. and so I’ve worked hard not to be bitter, “he said.
” I don’t want to be smart or clever or do a halo when I say this because it was very difficult and it took a long time until I got to that point, but at the same time you have your own life to live and nobody would be angrier than my father if he, even though I only led a bitter life. “
When asked if he felt a need to forgive the killers, Mr. Harris said he was neutral about it.
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