Tuesday 24 October 2017

Little justice in Brian Purcell's persecution

Career civil servant Brian Purcell deserves better than grandstanding from backbenchers

EMISSARY: Brian Purcell was sent to Callinan’s home
EMISSARY: Brian Purcell was sent to Callinan’s home

John-Paul McCarthy

Paul Reynolds' biography of 'The General', Martin Cahill's squalid career of sadism and thievery, pauses over an especially horrific event. In response to a social welfare inspector's decision to expel him from the country's dole rolls, Cahill hired a gang to abduct him from his bed.

Before binding the inspector's arms, the gang also tied up his pregnant wife who begged them to spare their two sleeping children.

The gang of criminals then put the dole inspector in the boot of a car, covered his head with pillowcases and drove him to a railway line in Sandymount, Dublin.

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