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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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Gardai Deny Farting At Suspect

It was another day of dramatic developments at the Morris Tribunal. In an emotional statement, Detective Sergeant John White denied breaking wind in a suspect’s face. “Read my lips,” said Sgt White. “I did not fart at that woman.”

The statement followed earlier admissions by another detective in the Donegal division.  Garda John Dooley confirmed that two women, Roisin McConnell and Katrina Brolly, were called lying bitches, one was forced to pray to her dead father while the other had her hair pulled as gardai­ accused Mrs McConnell’s husband Mark of murder. Both women were forced to look at graphic post-mortem photographs of the dead man’s body. Garda Dooley has given a sworn statement admitting that he, along with Sgt White and a female garda, abused the women in custody.

Admitting that he had lied to the Tribunal, Sgt White said that both women were abused and mistreated during their time in custody. He went on to state that they were blameless and their treatment while in custody was inexcusable. He said his role was to break the suspects and that the strident, aggressive methods he used were similar to those employed by the Gardai in investigations everywhere he had worked. For many years previously, Sgt White was based in Dublin.

However, Sgt White, clearly close to tears, said in a whisper, “I might have done a lot of bad things in my time, but I didn’t fart.” After a pause during which he withdrew behind a screen to collect himself, an emotional White revealed to a hushed courtroom that, due to a troublesome condition, he is unable to fart. “It’s not physical,” he confided, “It’s emotional. When I was younger, I used to fart the whole time. Morning, noon and night. But not any more. It’s ruining my life and I just don’t know what to do about it.”

At this point, Sgt White became visibly upset, and the Chairman adjourned the Tribunal for the afternoon. Thanking Sgt White for his frankness, Mr Justice Morris remarked that if all men with this problem could speak so openly about it, perhaps society would show more understanding towards this distressing complaint. Perhaps, Mr Morris suggested, Sgt White’s aggressive, bullying behaviour was simply an attempt to compensate for his inability to fart.

In a further development, it has emerged that Sgt White is shortly to travel to Guantanamo Bay as part of a special research project into the use of cabbage in interrogation.

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