Gene Kerrigan: Who knew telling the truth was sedition?
AT FIRST it was hard to know what to think. When Garda Michael O’Boyce, the outgoing president of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), severely criticised the Government my instinct was to agree with what he said.
But the media was full of respectable and responsible people telling us we should be shocked by Garda O’Boyce’s audacity. According to some, his speech was seditious. He had “crossed a line” into expressing political views, dragging the gardai into “the political arena”. He should be sacked, it was said, if not arrested.
Garda O’Boyce had prepared an address to Minister Dermot Ahern and it was released to the media when the minister decided not to attend the conference. For this he was treated as a threat to democracy. But what did he actually write?