Future of the force hangs in the balance
Gene Kerrigan fears for the repercussions if this chance to act properly is buried under party politics
YOU'RE a woman assaulted by three men. You go to the police, you make a statement. Three months go by and you hear nothing. One day, a young garda comes to the door. He'd like you to sign something. A paper withdrawing your complaint. He offers you €150. Fifty euro from each of the offenders.
That's the kind of stuff that made Micheal Martin rise in the Dail last week and announce that there's "shocking" material in the dossier he'd been reading – material gathered by garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. That's the kind of stuff the Taoiseach read last week, after Micheal Martin had given him the dossier and which the Taoiseach described as "grave".
And that – while it's a startling matter for a Taoiseach to find on his desk – is mild, compared to other allegations in the dossier.