By Anthony Sheridan
I’m in the process of writing an article in response to the latest incidence of Garda corruption. In the meantime, here’s an article I wrote three years ago in response to Garda corruption.
The Irish Examiner editorial describes the latest revelations in the Ian Bailey case as mind boggling.
That Gardai may have considered paying someone in order to frame a man for murder is described as not only corrupt but almost unbelievable.
The Irish Times speaks of an appalling vista and grave national concern that Gardai may have acted illegally in securing convictions in the courts.
And yet this stuff is old hat, it’s all happened before. Garda corruption in Donegal involved a whole range of crimes including framing a man for murder.
Nobody was charged, some were allowed to retire on full pension and, to my knowledge, just three gardai were fired.
In other words, major criminal acts carried out by police officers and confirmed by an Oireachtas inquiry were effectively ignored.
The political response was exactly the same as the response we are now witnessing in respect of the latest scandals.
Denial, useless internal reports, full support for the Gardai and minister, promises to legislate to prevent it happening again blah, blah, blah….
The then Justice Minister McDowell and his civil servants who drafted and introduced the ‘this must never be allowed to happen again’ legislation must have been complete morons or they deliberately drafted the law to ensure the minister and Gardai remained unaccountable.
I suspect most intelligent citizens would opt for the latter explanation.
So what’s happening now?
Well, editorials are expressing shock and outrage, politicians are expressing their unqualified confidence in the minister and the Garda and everybody is supremely confident that the interim Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan, will act decisively to reform the force.
So let’s have a look at what she has done to restored confidence and clean out the corruption that’s obviously rampant within the force.
She has decided to leave in place the punishment meted out to completely vindicated Garda Maurice McCabe by her predecessor.
And she’s conducting a survey to ask rank and file members how the organisation can be improved.
Pathetic and all a bit sad so to finish I’ll express the brutal truth.
Corruption is rampant within the Gardai because our corrupt political/administrative system, by doing nothing, allowed that corruption to flourish.
That rotten system will do nothing in this instance. Things will remain exactly as they are, exactly as they were allowed to remain following the Morris Tribunal.