Kevin Myers: PC 'rules' have made life worse for those they're meant to protect
And so to Rossport. We all know that the remarks in the garda car about rape were unacceptable. That much is obvious. But even more unacceptable would be the deliberate ruination of careers on such an issue.
Now I'm not saying that I've ever made such jests about rape, but I certainly know that I've said things that I'd never want to be made public. Moreover, any rational person who has heard the Rossport tape would know that the references about "rape" were not meant as such, and in no way represented how gardai usually talk about women.
The three men were clearly using black humour to vent their frustration at having to deal with the latest batch of what they thought were foreigners.