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No more room for eejits in police force

Political powers avert their eyes instead of dealing with this ongoing scandal, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

No more room for eejits in police force
No more room for eejits in police force
Illustration by Jim Cogan

Obviously, the politicians have a duty to protect a man who put his career on the line in defence of the police force. And we wish Sergeant Maurice McCabe well. But this continuing garda scandal is about a lot more than Sergeant McCabe's welfare.

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Consider for a moment the gravity of what has just happened. Sean Guerin, the lawyer appointed to examine the garda scandal, could have minced his words.

He could have padded his report with the usual bland escape clauses – "inadvertent breakdown of communication", "systems failure not attributable to any individual", you know the drill. This would have left enough room for the politicians to wriggle their way back to their default position of advanced lethargy.

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