Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nothing to see here, so move along now please

Colette Brown

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

WHEN gardai are investigating crime they identify suspects by examining their means, motive and opportunity – except, it seems, when the finger of suspicion is pointed at them.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan reacted angrily to the revelation that the prime suspects behind the alleged bugging of the office of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) were gardai.

The very suggestion that gardai had the most obvious motive, and means at their disposal, to bug the office of the independent body set up to investigate them was utterly anathema – a scurrilous slur on the reputation of every serving garda.

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