Isn’t it good to see that the newspapers are still reporting the rape of Ireland’s natural resources?

Who knew that anyone remembered how we gave away our fisheries?  Even more surprisingly, in the face of massive governmental pressure, what brave journalists are still willing to speak out about the blatant theft of our energy resources?

It’s not often these days that you pick up a newspaper to be reminded of how Ray Burke gave oil companies liberty to remove 100% of Ireland’s energy resources without paying us anything in return.  It isn’t common to see reports of how Bertie Ahern reduced the taxation on foreign energy companies.  You’ll search far and wide to read about how Ireland has the most favourable terms in the whole world for energy companies.

Well done, that fearless journalist in, eh, Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Under the simple headline, Conned!, referring to the now-notorious Anglo tapes, one of Germany’s leading quality papers remarks that they are just one part of an elite that shamelessly exploits the island.

German outrage at the theft of Ireland’s resources is in severe contrast to the craven defence of this asset stripping offered by a Labour (!) deputy prime minister, Pat Rabbitte, who huffed and puffed as only he can, as if he understood the first thing about energy.

mayo gas robbery

Paradoxically, it seems that exposure of the banking chicanery might finally throw light on a far bigger scandal: the gift of our natural resources to foreign interests by two thoroughly discredited politicians, for reasons best known to themselves.  Let’s not be embarrassed by the crass singing of a Nazi song on one of the tapes.  Instead, let’s push this story far and wide.  It might finally blast open the disgraceful appropriation of our children’s future for small-minded personal advantage.

And since we’re on the subject of inquiries, let’s look into this scandal, which dwarfs anything that happened in Anglo.


Previous posts on the great Irish energy theft.



Corrib Gardai Rape Joke Caught On Tape

The Gardai working for Shell in Mayo are an absolute disgrace.  Crushing dissent against the theft of our natural resources, they’re happy to collect sizeable overtime payments while at the same time depriving local residents of their right to protest.  They have worked hand in hand with privately employed security thugs to beat up honest men and women, and to falsify evidence.

Therefore, it would come as no surprise to me if three Gardai had joked about raping a woman they had just arrested.  In a grim sort of way, I’d be glad if they had been caught planning to sexually abuse a prisoner because it might finally expose what has been going on there,.

But they didn’t.  They made a joke about an imagined exchange that might take place between a policeman and a prisoner, something so absurd that they burst out laughing.  We’ve all been there: people saying more and more outrageous things until the conversation gets completely out of hand.

Their words, caught on a confiscated video camera they had inadvertently left running, strike me as a lampooning of the sort of heavy-handed policing they speak about elsewhere in the conversation.

This is the part that caused all the outrage.  It’s crude, it’s base, but it’s also taking place inside a car between three men with no witnesses present and nobody to feel threatened.

They’re discussing a woman they’ve just arrested.

Sounds like a Yank or Canadian.

Garda B: Well whoever, we’ll get Immigration fucking on her.

Garda A: She refused to give her name and address and told she would be arrested.

Garda B : … and deported.

Garda A: And raped.


Garda B: I wouldn’t go that far yet.  She was living down at that crusty camp, fuck sake, you never know what you might get.

Garda A: Give me your name and address or I’ll rape you.

Unidentified Garda: Hold it there, give me your name and address there, I’ll rape you.

Garda A : Or I’ll definitely rape you.


I realise that people will see the recording in a different light, but to my mind, they’re playing out a scenario so impossible, so ludicrous that they find it hysterically funny.  I think they’re ridiculing the sort of ignorant policemen who turned the whole Rossport debacle into a public relations disaster for the Garda Síochána.

Later in the recording, a Garda is speaking on the phone:

I know we don’t want to be arresting them but by the same token, we were left with no option.

The men go on to discuss the need for safety ropes and ladders when removing protesters from the cabs of tractors.

I have to tell you, during private conversation, I’ve gone more than a few steps beyond what’s socially acceptable.  Which of us hasn’t?  Some of the funniest moments happen when people say extreme things they obviously don’t believe.    If I thought I was being recorded, I’d be a lot more circumspect.  Therefore, I’m afraid this tape signifies not very much.  It’s just a recording of three guys acting the maggot in a car.

There are plenty of substantial reasons to mistrust the Gardai and to challenge their actions at Rossport, but this isn’t one of them, in my opinion.

There’s less to this case than meets the eye.

All Rossport posts on Bock

What jokes are allowed?