A reunion for the first women members of the Garda Síochána fifty years after their passing out parade.

Fifty years since the first women Gardaí were appointed the class of twelve from 1959 are back together again to commemorate the occasion.

These were the first women allowed to become members of An Garda Siochána.

Former Sergeant Helena Sparrow recalls how they were seen very much as a novelty at the time. 

While women were accepted into the force in 1959, they weren't exactly treated equally to their male colleagues receiving different pay, hours, uniforms, and titles. In addition, many of them left the force after a few years because of the marriage bar which restricted the employment of married women.

Former Gardaí Margaret Brown, Kathleen Kelly and Brigid Deal recall their memories of 1959 and how things have changed since.

It was a different time, different era.

Today, women make up about twenty two per cent of An Garda Siochána. For Garda Catriona Brody, there is no difference in the treatment of men and women members of the force nowadays.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 July 2009. The reporter is Samantha Libreri.