Sunday 17 December 2017

There really should be a law about this

The arrest of two TDs was embarrassing. But the report on the gardai was shocking, writes Gene Kerrigan

‘Parts of the force dealing with specific types of crime seem to exist in name only... for instance, the Fraud Squad’
‘Parts of the force dealing with specific types of crime seem to exist in name only... for instance, the Fraud Squad’
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Last Tuesday evening, Judge William Hamill addressed the Law Reform Commission. In another part of the capital city, Mick Wallace TD was enjoying his final evening of freedom. Hours later he was incarcerated in Limerick prison for a grand total of - eh, two hours.

Even as Judge Hamill's startling words disturbed the ears of his listeners, the state incarceration machine was inexorably grinding its way towards Clare Daly TD. It wrenched her, too, into the dank, fearsome bowels of Limerick prison.

For all of an hour-and-a-half (I think she got the half hour off for good behaviour).

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