Wednesday 25 April 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Verdict caused untold pain, but it was not unjust

After a flawed probe, all we can do is employ reason, not talk of retribution or boycotts, writes Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Within minutes of the verdict, the assault on reason began. On Twitter, an impromptu vendetta was launched under the hashtag #boycottmauritius. Various insults and obscenities accompanied demands that we righteous Irish victims should retaliate economically against the Mauritian people.

On Vincent Browne's TV3 programme, hours later, Fine Gael's Paschal Donoghue said the case made him aware that we "take for granted a justice system and a gardai that the vast majority of the time do their work well and bring cases like this to court that are seen to be well handled and impartially presented".

The message was clear. On the one hand, Mauritius, with a bunch of muppet cops and a ramshackle judicial system -- on the other hand, Ireland, a civilised country where we take impeccable justice for granted. There's an element of self-congratulation. We're not them -- we're civilised, with a judicial system that works.

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