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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?

Previous posts

Gardai Deny Farting at Suspect

Gardai Deny Everything

Who Killed Richie Barron?

Do you know your Daddy’s a murderer?

Three tragic deaths

The Cannibal Murders

The Professionals

Losing hearts and minds

Crime Favourites gardai Policing Scandal

The Cannibal Murders Revisited

Anyone remember Dean Lyons?

He was a vulnerable young Dublin man, a drug addict, who was framed by the police for a double murder he didn’t commit. A brutal, ritualistic murder with satanic overtones.

He was jailed for it, and remained in jail for seven more months even after another man committed an identical murder in Roscommon, and confessed to the Dublin killings. You see, Dean Lyons signed a confession describing in great detail a murder he didn’t commit, and the layout of a house he was never inside. How did he come to know such things, and how did he come to sign such a confession?

How indeed.

He died a miserable junkie’s death in England shortly after his release.

The government commissioned an investigation, and a reporter, Mick McCaffrey, reported on its findings. Fabricated evidence. Intimidation. Suppression of evidence. False imprisonment.

Were the police who fabricated the evidence prosecuted as a result?


Were the police who intimidated Dean Lyons into confessing prosecuted?


So was anyone at all arrested?

Yes: the journalist was prosecuted.

Well, you might be glad to know that no charges were brought against him, but that a policeman has finally been charged with something.

Good, you say. Are these charges to do with fabricating evidence or beating a confession out of a suspect?

Eh, no, in fact.  They’re not. The only charge to be brought in the case is against a policeman for leaking the report to the journalist.

Now! How about that?

Here’s what I wrote about it previously: The Cannibal Murders


More of Bock on the Irish police:

Police and thieves

The Heart of Darkness

Worst police force in Europe

Three tragic deaths

Anti-social behaviour orders

Do You Know Your Daddy’s a Murderer?

Non-lethal weapons

Oh those funny old Guards

The Professionals

Losing hearts and minds

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