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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #87* - Dangerous Men Loose in Dublin Garda Brutality : Business As Usual

Date Wed, 03 Aug 2005 09:24:17 +0300


With the death of Donegal man Richie Barron and other cases
Do you recognise these five names - Martin Anderson, Thomas
Rattigan, James McDwyer, Martin Leonard,P atrick McDermott?
All of these men were named in the Morris Tribunal report as
being responsible for an investigation which was "prejudiced,
tendentious and utterly negligent in the highest degree".
Their so-called investigation into the death of Donegal man
Richie Barron has turned out to be a cesspool of all that is
rotten and corrupt about our police force; harassment,
intimidation and attempts to frame the McBrearty family -
you'll have read about it elsewhere so there's no need to go in
to the details here. Their punishment -a transfer to Dublin!
What an insult to the people of both Donegal and Dublin.

What about John McGinley or Joe Shelley -have you heard of
them? They were both senior officers criticised in the Morris
report who were punished by ....being allowed to retire on full
pension! Noel Conroy? He's the current Garda Commissioner
who on 10th May in his submission to the Morris Tribunal
claimed that the investigation into Richie Barron's death was
carried out "in an efficient and thorough manner" (This is the
same investigation which Justice Morris called "shocking" and
"scandalous").

Furthermore Conroy was head of the cops' "Crime and
Security Division "from 1992 to 1994 at a time when,
according to the first Morris report "....the direction of Crime
and Security was not such as to inspire confidence." You've
heard of Michael McDowell? As Attorney General he did his
level best to ensure that the Morris Tribunal was never
established. As Minister for Justice he totally ignored the
recommendations of the first Morris report.

The stench of corruption from the cops is overwhelming and
goes right to the very top.

As well as the gross dishonesty and rottenness which has been
exposed in Donegal and which everyone now knows about,
there are also several other high-profile cases which show that
this dishonesty is extremely widespread 14-year-old Brian
Rossiter died in garda custody in Clonmel Co Tipperary almost
3 years ago. The response of Garda authorities, Noel Conroy
as Garda Commissioner and Michael McDowell as Minister
for Justice was reminiscent of the response years earlier to the
Donegal situation - a response characterised by delay, denial
and cover-up. Only now, grudgingly, is McDowell establishing
an inquiry into what happened to Brian Rossiter.

In June of this year,a 20-year-old man from Dublin's inner
city, Terence Wheelock, spent over 2 weeks in a coma in the
Mater hospital after receiving injuries while in garda custody in
Store Street. No explanation of how he received his injuries
has yet been given.

In May 2002,cops openly battered participants at a Reclaim the
Streets Party on Dublin's Dame Street. When a number of
cops were charged as a result, their colleagues rallied around in
the manner of the three monkeys -See no Evil, Hear no Evil,
Say No Evil.

The constant refrain from garda witnesses at the trials was 'I
saw nuthin'.

In September 2000,a constituent of current Environment
Minister, Dick Roche complained to him that he had been
beaten by gardai, and showed him the bruises to prove it.
Roche made a statement in support of his constituent.
However the senior garda appointed to investigate the
complaint on behalf of the Garda Complaints Board deemed
Roche's statement not worthy of inclusion in the relevant file
.If senior cops can decide to ignore the statements of
politicians, how much more can they decide to ignore
complaints and statements made by ordinary working class
people.

Indeed,there were 1,232 complaints made to the Garda
Siochana Complaints Board in 2004, which represents an
increase of nearly 5%on the 2003 figure of 1,175.And,as we all
know, many people don't bother making complaints because
we are all too well aware that it is usually a waste of time as the
cops end up investigating themselves. Garda brutality is all too
common and is encountered on a regular basis, especially by
working-class youths. Garda corruption is nothing new and
even though the Dail has now passed Michael McDowell's
Garda Bill, the Gardai will continue to be unaccountable to
ordinary people.

Corruption among the cops is not just a case of a 'few rotten
apples'. The entire orchard is infected. Ultimately, the Garda
Siochana exists to protect the private property and wealth of
big business, to uphold the status quo. It might take ages for
the cops to respond if your house is burgled but they'll turn up
fairly quickly if you put a picket on your workplace or blockade
a bin truck. It's because they exist to protect the status quo
that they know they can get away with almost anything with
the blessing of political paymasters.

by Shuana Maguire
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