Dale Farm Travellers Lose High Court Eviction Appeal

Let’s be clear about the Dale Farm case.  The traveller settlement there was never legal.  It never had planning permission, and the local council has been serving enforcement notices on the people there since they started setting up camp.

It was always illegal, and the fact that they dragged out the process for eight or ten years, at public expense, doesn’t change that reality.  They should not be there.  What bit of that does Vanessa Redgrave not understand?

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Bertie Ahern in the High Court

Sometimes, things just don’t add up, but you can’t quite work out why. That’s the way Bertie’s High Court challenge has affected me, and I’ve had to agonise over it for a couple of months, but I think I have it clear in my mind now.

Let’s recap.

Bertie gave an affidavit of discovery, in which he swore that he had listed all the information relevant to the Tribunal’s inquiries.


However, he also told the Dáil about other material, which he had not included in the affidavit. To put it another way, he informed the Dáil that he hadn’t given the Tribunal the full facts in his sworn affidavit of discovery.

What the fuck? said the Tribunal. Come back here Ahern you lying bastard and tell us about all this other stuff you said in the Dáil!

No, I won’t, said Bertie. Whatever I tell the Dáil is protected by parliamentary privilege. You can’t question me on it.

So there you have it. Bertie’s right, isn’t he? They can’t question him on it.

Well no, actually.

Though I’m not a lawyer, the answer seems perfectly plain to me. The Tribunal isn’t questioning him on his statement to the Dáil. It’s taking that statement as read, and treating it as public domain factual information, endorsed by Bertie himself.

Using that public domain information as the baseline, they want to question him further on what he told the Tribunal and I can’t see how he could legitimately challenge that.

Then again, I might be looking at it too logically. As I said, I’m not a lawyer.


Update: RTÉ are reporting that the Tribunal lawyers have withdrawn their argument about questioning Bertie on his Dáil statements.  Good.  It looks like I was right and they’ve seen reason.  They have no need to question him on anything he said in the Dáil when they can question him on what he said to the Tribunal, using his Dáil statements for corroboration.

Bock’s analysis is thoroughly vindicated.  Why don’t they just hire me at a million euros a day and forget about all these expensive lawyers?  You know it makes sense.



Bertie Ahern Goes To Court




Neglecting a Baby

Textbook delusional behaviour is characterised by false fixed ideas, impervious to logic.

Now, if you were a doctor in a hospital , and I told you not to feed my baby, what would you say?

You’re mad! is what you’d say.

No, I’d insist. I have a belief that it’s wrong to feed babies. And the Missus thinks the same.

But the child will die, you’d protest, horrified.

No matter. Our belief is more important. Let it starve.

Listen, you’d say. In my professional opinion, you’re both bonkers.

We’ll go to Court to stop you feeding that baby!

Away you go you fucking lunatic! you’d reply, and once the court heard the case, they’d say the same: Mr and Mrs McNutcase, it is the Court’s considered opinion that you are both off your trolley. Now fuck off.

Ah, but wait! Suppose I didn’t want to deny the baby life-giving food. Suppose instead, I wanted to deny it a life-giving blood transfusion? Would you still say that I held false fixed ideas, impervious to reason?


Even though my belief is just as crazy, you wouldn’t call it a delusion. You’d say it was my religion.

You see, denying a baby food is delusional and mad, but denying it blood means you’re a Jehovah’s Witness. Very well. Applying the test of fixed false ideas impervious to logic, please tell me the difference between a madman and a Jehovah’s Witness, if you wouldn’t mind too much.

We have just such a case going on at the moment. A couple are in the High Court arguing that the National Maternity Hospital should not intervene to help their baby, whose haemoglobin levels have continued to fall since last Sunday. They’re fighting a court order permitting the hospital to give a transfusion and the basis of their case is that a transfusion is contrary to their religious beliefs.

Wait a minute! What was that word?


What has religion to do with it? Since when did religion confer the right to behave in a way contrary to all reason and human decency? Since when did anyone’s lunatic beliefs — religious or otherwise — become sufficient reason to endanger a child’s life? It doesn’t matter where they got their insane ideas, whether from a religion or from a talking peanut on the Planet Fred. They’re still lunatics, and dangerous ones at that.

It’s a non-sequitur. The parents’ religion has nothing to do with this child’s demonstrable need for treatment. Let me put it another way: if you walked into court and told the judge the child shouldn’t receive the transfusion because there are too many red-haired men in Ireland, he’d quite properly laugh at you and I hope he laughs at these people too.

I hope the Court not only upholds the order allowing the hospital to save the child’s life. I hope it also orders that the child be taken away from these dangerous, deranged maniacs and given into the care of someone who’ll look after it properly.



I’m glad to say that the court continued the order until the 7th March when it will be reviewed again.

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McBrearty Settles Action Against Irish State for €3 Million

Over a year ago, I wrote about the disgraceful actions of the police in framing, intimidating and harassing a Donegal businessman, Frank McBrearty. Read about it here should you feel inclined.

Well, today, Frank McBrearty and his wife, Rosalind, settled their personal action against the State for €3 Million. This is on top of the €2.5 Million they were awarded last week by the courts for the damage the police had deliberately done to their business. And on top of their €1 Million legal costs. That’s €6,500,000 of your money, handed out to compensate for disgraceful behaviour by our police force.

Then there was the case of Frank Shortt, “Perjured into jail” in the words of the the Supreme Court, when awarding him €4.5 Million for what the police did to him. As I said in the earlier post, he was imprisoned, lost his business, his family and his health and was struck off as an accountant because policemen lied to put him in jail.

That makes €11 Million so far, of our money, to cover the costs occasioned by an indisciplined, unprofessional police force.

The reports of the Morris Tribunal make chilling reading. To quote from its chairman:

The Tribunal has been staggered by the amount of indiscipline and insubordination it has found in the Garda force. There is a small, but disproportionately influential, core of mischief-making members who will not obey orders, who will not follow procedures, who will not tell the truth and who have no respect for their officers.

Now let me ask you a question: apart from the dismissal of a few random miscreants within the force, do you think the Garda Siochana will suffer the root-and-branch examination it deserves? Or do you think the culture of untouchability and ignorance will remain as deeply rooted as it has been since the force went corrupt back in the Seventies when they recruited a cadre of uinprincipled and crooked thugs to beat up IRA suspects?

These thugs saw membership of the force as a chance to enrich themselves, and fouled the entire culture of the organisation with a contagion that remains to this day and is passed on to every new recruit through the semi-monastic training establishment they call the Garda College, where young men learn to be “members” of the Garda cabal, and where all other citizens — you and me, in other words — are seen as potential criminals.

And let me ask you another question: do you think for a second that these are isolated incidents or that this sort of thing could never happen again?

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