Sunday 28 May 2017

Kevin Myers: 'People died to feed Ryan his drugs. He knew. He funded those deaths'

RTE's silence in response to the revelations contrasts sharply with how it treated Ryan's death
RTE's silence in response to the revelations contrasts sharply with how it treated Ryan's death

Kevin Myers

I don't apologise for returning to the issue of Gerry Ryan. A week has now elapsed since it was revealed that Gerry Ryan died of massive and long-term cocaine usage: and six months have passed since his death.

I had hoped that RTE, the licence-funded national broadcaster, by this time would have made a statement upon the involvement of one of their foremost broadcasters in organised crime. But, of course, that's too much to hope for in the strange land of Montrosia, where principles only exist if someone else spells them out, in BLACK AND WHITE.

Had Gerry Ryan been a working class-boy from Drimnagh, he would have been called a "drug addict". He wasn't. He was a millionaire and so he just had a "coke habit". Either way, he was at the consuming end of the most evil drugs trade in the world. People died in the supply line which fed him his drugs. He therefore indirectly helped to make those deaths possible. He funded them. And he was fully aware of the nature of the trade in which he was a consumer, as Michael O'Toole of the 'Daily Star', has made plain.

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