Sunday 4 December 2016

We're paying price of 'blind eye' politics

The tragedies of murdered gardai were cynically used to justify unconscionable behaviour over decades

Published 30/03/2014 | 02:30

WITNESS: Guards told Conor Cruise O’Brien of beatings
WITNESS: Guards told Conor Cruise O’Brien of beatings

Will Alan Shatter survive? The answer, of course, is that it doesn't really matter. Shatter has his good points and bad – but he's a fleeting figure. He played a part in creating the current crisis, but he came late to the game. What we've seen over the past week is an explosion of toxic fumes that have been building up since the Seventies.

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Over the years there were attempts to draw attention to what was happening – by lawyers, civil liberties advocates, the occasional garda whistleblower. But again and again the shut-your-face brigade won the day. And we're now reaping their harvest.

Before you say anything about the police, it's mandatory that you say how wonderful they are and what a great job they do. You must emphasise that any criticism applies to one or two bad apples who've somehow snuck into the majestic, flawless orchard of law and order.

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