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Thursday 8 December 2016

Roma debacle shows failure to police Gardai

All of society has a question to answer after an episode disgraces us on the world stage, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 27/10/2013 | 01:55

Gardai were believed to be acting on concerns about the little boy's appearance
Gardai were believed to be acting on concerns about the little boy's appearance

Look at the state of us. We started the week with a whoop. We'd found not one but two blond children who had been stolen by those dreadful gypsies. Oh, we still had to go through the formalities, but the people who know about these things were signalling that we had the gypsies by the short and curlies.

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We ended the week being accused across the world of being excitable fools at best, or ham-fisted racists at worst. To understand what the Guards got up to last week, and how such a rotten thing could happen, we have to understand the wider culture.

Not to worry, though. Inquiries are under way. Later, at worst, we'll maybe pass it off as a failure of communication. The controversy of the Guards and the Roma children will vanish down the memory hole. That's how we do things in this country.

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