Ballyshannon Old Pals’ Act


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The rot goes deep.

Helen Murray, writes:

This is a 1.35-minute clip of the 1985 Today Tonight documentary Law and Order in Donegal [broadcast on November 13, 1985].

Donegal County Council sued RTÉ for defamation as a result of airing the documentary dealing with the inappropriate relationship between Donegal [County] Council and the Garda, plus some.

The resulting suit saw RTÉ removing it, on the steps of the High Court.

The importance of this documentary, in relation to the ‪Mary Boyle‬ case and Gemma O’Doherty’s documentary Mary Boyle – The Untold Story, is that it establishes the cultural and systematic relationship of political interference in Donegal, a major component argued in The Untold documentary; wholesale denied by current politicians today.


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Via Gemma O’Doherty

Previously: For Your Consideration: Mary Boyle – The Untold Story

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24 thoughts on “Ballyshannon Old Pals’ Act

  1. Eoin

    Can’t RTE take this back to the courts? Or release the documentary and let Donegal county council try to sue them again. I can’t see them winning this time round, considering.

  2. Mulder

    So called Donegal Garda are now, legend in their own shadow and they have not gone away.
    Appears the crows are now coming home to roost.
    No surprise especially to anyone from Donegal.

  3. Mulder

    Donegal Garda are only legend in their own shadow and they have not gone away.
    The crows are it would appear coming home to roost.
    Folk from Donegal are fully aware of this as must be the politicans in that county.
    The silence be deafening.

  4. Tish Mahorey

    Shortly now, all the Indo, Garda and RTE trolls will be on undermining Gemma O’Doherty’s credibility because they fear her tenacity in uncovering corruption and revealing the truth about sordid little Ireland.

    1. louislefronde

      “Shortly now, all the Indo, Garda and RTE trolls will be on undermining Gemma O’Doherty’s credibility”

      ….They probably would, but they’re too busy quaffing wine in West Cork and feeling each other up….

      Truly horrible people

  5. Sheik Yahbouti

    The real question is, lads, how much longer are we prepared to tolerate the way things are run in this country? It is long past the time when winks and shrugged shoulders were an adequate response. Revolution is required. Not necessarily armed insurrection, with bloodshed (although it could not be ruled out) but some serious action to root out this dishonest, corrupt, gombeen culture which infects every aspect of civil society. Perhaps the great and the good, when they return from their two month holiday – to even more luxurious digs – could devote a little time to this problem?

      1. louislefronde

        Thank god I’m only part Irish.

        I have to say I love that Irish word ‘Sleeveen’ it’s so appropriate for a slimy, backstabbing, crooked lowlife…or is that a Gombeen which is another great Irish word that sums up subcultural lowlife in Ireland.

        1. Junkface

          Both of those words perfectly describe Enda Kenny. Actually Sleeveen may be better for him.

    1. Junkface

      Irish society should take part in civil dissobedience like they did in India under british rule. Just get focused areas of the cities refusing to work at certain times in a coordinated fashion, like a strike, with something like flash mobs oraganised on social media. We should be doing it based on the Housing crisis/ homelessnes issue alone but sure throw in corruption/ gombeen culture too.

    2. MoyestWithExcitement

      “The real question is, lads, how much longer are we prepared to tolerate the way things are run in this country?”

      The gombeens are in charge and they’re aided and abetted by useful idiots painting anyone who points out the problems as delusional. They have their cosy little set up and just do not want to hear that all is not right. Then there’s inertia. Look at how well FF did in the elections. So many have already forgotten the damage they did and are willing to give them power again. It’ll be a while before anything changes. There’s not enough rage for a revolution either.

  6. MoyestWithExcitement

    Nothing to see here lads. Everything’s fine. There’s no such thing as corruption in our state infrastructure and if you say there is, you’re just some delusional, Che poster having commie.

  7. nellyb

    Two very senior state posts to do with law and order are occupied by females. Do women really make a difference in high positions? Can someone please bring a microscope?

    1. Kdoc1

      Steve, if you watch, Mary Boyle: The Untold Story, you might have a Eureka moment that will answer your question.

  8. Truth in the News

    We now need to establish as a matter of urgency who and at what level in Donegal County Council instigated the proceedings, that all documentation in the hands of the County Council are made public, the present Council need to take steps to repudiate the legal action orignally that ended up with RTE pulling the documentary This was all pre Morris and see what can of worms it unleashed, a further Inquiry is needed, as all is not well in South Donegal….as to RTE they had
    guts in 1985, have they now.

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