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  1. ahjayzis

    *raises hand*

    My middle aged parents were attacked, unprovoked, by a gang of off-their-faced skangers while walking their dog.

    My dad got sentenced to 15 hours in A&E, the culprits, known and identified, were not charged and the guards acted as their f**king social workers, defending them to my parents.

    Ireland is a rotten state with a useless, corrupt police force.

  2. Paolo

    Do you think it is different in any other country? Elected official is attacked in front of the police while in the course of her business. I was attacked once but the gardai told me to go home and forget about it. It’s sh*tty but if the gardai are unwilling to spend time with an elected TD then there really is something wrong.

      1. Iseult

        Yet there is the likes of Noel Leonard, late of Meath CoCo fame who felt the loss of his seat like a loss in the family. Politicians are a breed apart….delicate egos an’ all dat

  3. Iseult

    Huge sympathy to those above who related their real – world experiences of what real injury is
    Blood boiling…

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      +1
      She was interviewed by Marian F the morning after the protest and was definitely drawing a line under it….so this could well be a Garda-inspired milking.

  4. ahyeah

    Every day it gets harder to see any alternative to a radical and violent overhaul of everything that makes up this f*&ked up place – politicians, parties. police, media, state companies, big business, the legal system, county councils… all corrupt, fraudulent and without allegiance or attachment to the country or its people.

    1. Siju Cat

      The problem is many of these people are worth more to us dead than alive. You now cost me €150,000 a year in a pension – due to cutbacks you get a very speedy retirement, Top 500 state pensions either hand them back or else. Times are tough and unfortunately we can no longer support you. Don’t feel to bad you probably didn’t work too hard for it.

  5. Donal

    Its no consolation to the victims of those horrific attacks but every stat has to prioritise the physical protection of its decision makers. If it becomes normal to physically intimidate office holders then every group that gets pissed off about something can bully their way into getting what they want. Lots of groups get angry about political decisions (taxi drivers, farmers, nurses, pro/anti abortion etc) so throwing stuff at them and hammering on their cars has to be stopped before it becomes routine

    one of the sad things about this whole debacle is that it might end the very open nature of irish politics. Regardless of the “elite” nonsense, Ireland is one of the easiest countries to get access to politicians in the world. All these clinics and events (even funerals) that Irish politicians attend non–stop – thats not normal elsewhere. By all means tell politicians that you disagree with them and why, maybe even take the time to listen to their response, but screaming blue murder and intimidating them is pointless and self-defeating

    Back to the assault victims. Who would pay €100 a year for more gardai?

    1. ivan

      We might be better off if our elected officials didn’t spend so much time going to events where the public have ‘access’ to them (translation -> where they can canvass and up their profile) and instead concentrate on doing what they’re meant to do.

      By the same token, if our TDs finally start to take seriously what they should be doing – holding the government to account – would it be too much to expect that our government would then do what they should do, and, y’know, answer questions raised in the Dail. The current system (glib ad-hominem attack followed by a rote answer) doesn’t cut it.

      There’s a whole boatload of mess needs fixing with how politics works in this country.

  6. Hashtag Diversity

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