If you're the police, who'll police the police?


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Ex-garda jailed for leaking information to criminals



After six years of investigation, GSOC produce a 36 page nothing-burger on Ian Bailey’s complaints about the investigation into the Toscan du Plantier murder. Amazing amounts of vital evidence in the biggest murder case have gone AWOL:

To top this litany of inexplicable failure, GSOC found that many key pages had been physically ripped out of the Jobs Book (the contemporaneous Garda record of the investigation ).

Nonetheless, GSOC concludes that all this shows is “a lack of administration and management of the incident room (even when viewed through the lens of the time) as opposed to clear evidence of malpractice or corruption.”

What a relief! Otherwise there’d be another six years wasted trying to pin “malpractice” on some serving Garda who would later be pensioned off just before any final decision.

What orgy of incompetence could rise to the level that GSOC would deem “malpractice” ?

And, of course, nothing on earth will get GSOC to say “corruption”. As usual, we are told they found “no evidence of high-level corruption” and, hey presto, the media treats this as “no corruption”. The Indo and the IT haven’t even bothered to report this but RTE has a quote from Frank Buttimer, Bailey’s solicitor:

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Yeah it looks like GSOC have been nobbled.


Dermot Walsh, formerly Prof. of Law in U.Limerick and a leading advocate for Garda accountability, has a devastating critique of GSOC’s latest reports in today’s IT.

These reports give no closure to the complainants: Worse still :

Here’s the money shot:

Beginning of the end for GSOC.

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I keep thinking of Abbeylara too. When there’s a crime Garda strategy seems to be to focus on the local strange person/outsider and harass them. I’m sure they’re sometimes right. But it’s so prone to miscarriage of justice and death. All they’re lies and coverups stem from their certainty at the outset of their investigation. They never got the irony Inspector Renault’s Casablanca instruction to Round up the usual suspects.


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oops gone!

wonder if the gardai will let it be known that they are investigating another blasphemous speech to divert attention?


Garda lifted for suspected insurance fraud


It is great to see that instructional video on top of that page: “Being arrested: What are your rights”.

That’s what I call proper advise for your readers!
None of that softy-BS life advise bollocks that the paper of record gives you, like Cosy Autumn evenings, Guilty Feminists and days off


when you have so much time on your hands…


All credit to The Mirror and The Sun, they named the town an the cop shop. And also that it was a halting site in which the raids took place.
The Indo, IT and RTE 6pm news all went with ‘limerick area’ and a more general term of ‘residences’ for their coverage. No points for even guessing what The Journal went with, the saps!


Tribunal shows what a pure scumbag Callanan was:

Disclosures tribunal: Martin Callinan told TD that Maurice McCabe was sex abuser, tribunal finds

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Definitely worth a read:

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The media will focus on the juicy bits but there is also wisdom and common sense:

And Judge Charleton is not blind to daily life:

He was Counsel on the Morris Tribunal over a decade ago and now he finds himself repeating the Morris Tribunal findings:


I did a search for Ms D as she is a bit lost in all this. There’s an exhausting number of references to her so I had to give up. From what I read, I wish that even the people in this world I dislike never encounter her in any way, shape or form.


No danger of a prosecution in the scumbag’s future, I presume.


It’s not as simple as prosecution. McCabe has an open-and-shut case for *defamation *against Callinan. Defamation being a civil matter, not a criminal one. So he will be considerably poorer on the basis of yesterday’s findings.

Callinan presumably broke one if not many internal disciplinary garda rules. Punishments are up to and including being dismissed from the force. The issue is that he is not a garda anymore, so can’t be disciplined.

I can’t think of any criminal law he broke. Maybe someone else can.

His pension cannot be touched, as it is an accrued property right. I think this issue has to be fixed, for all classes of public servant. There really has to be a financial sanction for this kind of behaviour. Callinan has a pension of €85k for life. This is despite having used his office (national chief of police and head of intelligence) to spread the most serious, untrue allegations about one of his staff that you can imagine. It is very hard to explain this to the taxpayers paying his pension.


Is this the TLDR version

McCabe made allegations some were found to be true (penalty points) some not (rookie cops in Cavan made mistakes in investigations but it wasn’t deliberate or malign).

Callinan and Taylor ran a smear campaign.

The sexual allegation was genuinely made but it was found to have no case to be answered and the Tusla investigation was a genuine mistake?

O’Sullivan was trying to do the right thing as Commissioner but Taylor ran a smear against her leading to her resignation?

Fitzgerald and the DoJ was correct in keeping a remove from the Guard’s legal strategy.

Other than Callinan and Taylor all other parties were acting in good faith but some made terrible errors in practice - like Tusla? Others it looked bad but were actually correct - Fitzgerald?

It’s very confusing.


No it’s much worse than that. E.g. Just from my scanning of the Ms D references. She brought up the allegation in HSE counselling years after it had been dismissed having just signed a form acknowledging that all allegations would get reported to authorities. The whole allegation at root of this is imagined. And it’s not even an imagined crime i.e. What’s she’s imagined doesn’t even constitute a crime. But she still took a GSOC complaint against the investigating officer, whose investigation was exemplary. And then she started contacting journalists and meeting politicians.

As for Tusla their whole conduct is scary. If there’s such a crime as “parent abuse” then they’re perpetrating it on a daily basis.


No, the report is not confusing (though it is quite long) but you have created a total travesty. You should blush when you read Judge Charlton’s comments on “spin”

Here is a fairer summary of the report in regard to the points you mention:

McCabe is an honest cop who was persecuted because he made allegations which were found to be true (penalty points, incompetence/indolence in Cavan/Monaghan, cover-up by superiors) although the mistakes in investigations were not shown to be deliberate or malicious.

Callinan and Taylor ran a vile smear campaign.

O’Sullivan was doing the right thing as Commissioner.

Callinan and Taylor behaved disgracefully but they are part of a culture within the Gardai that has been the subject of numerous tribunals/enquiries and which must be eradicated.

There was no basis whatever for the sexual allegation against McCabe. It was magnified by an horrendous error which Tusla then failed to cure through stupendous incompetence over many years. At least Tusla’s leaders acknowledged the problem, unlike the Garda.

Fitzgerald and the DoJ was correct in keeping a remove from the Guard’s legal strategy.

What has happened to public service that those who stand up for decent standards of performance are vilified?