Anyone’s Godfather



From top: Pat Hickey; Marian Finucane and Hickey family solicitor Anne Marie James.

Further to Joe Duffy’s grilling of a Rio police officer on Thursday’s Liveline on RTÉ Radio One…Solicitor Anne Marie James appeared on this morning’s Marian Finucane Show, also on RTÉ Radio One,  to elaborate on yesterday’s statement on behalf of Pat Hickey’s family.

Ms James, of Kirwan McKeown James, represents the family of the currently jailed Olympic Council of Ireland President.

Contains: unusual heart condition, a miracle baby and naked trolling.

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Marian Finucane: “I’m joined in the studio this morning by the woman who is essentially making all the headlines today, but not in her own name, but as the solicitor for the Hickey family, she’s Anne Marie James and you’re very welcome into the studio.”

Anne Marie James: “Thanks Marian.”

Finucane: “And I gather you’re afraid i’m going to eat the face off you, which I’m not.”

James: “Well it’s not my normal day job.”

Finucane: “I can get that, I understand that fully. Now you want to say you’re solicitor for the Hickey family, not Pat Hickey.”

James: “Yes, I don’t represent Mr Hickey.”

Finucane: “Right. And when you issue the statement yesterday can you go through how you, well you on behalf of your client, the main concerns and points that they want to get across.”

James: “The family are devastated, this is a most bizarre situation for them they are four children, five grandchildren, two other babies on the way, one of whom is a miracle baby.”

Finucane: “What do you mean a miracle baby?”

James: “Well, with great effort, we’re hoping that there’ll be another baby, the family are hoping there will be another baby, that is obviously just a bit a background to the stress they’re under at the moment.”

Finucane: “Yeah. What’s the age range of the family?”

James: “Approximately 40 down to 28. I know Fred, who is the eldest of the family and it was Fred who approached me and asked if I would help them to try to work out what they could do to help their father. While Mr Hickey’s wife was over there she said they shouldn’t get involved because the OCI had briefed lawyers she said it was a total misunderstanding and was going to be sorted out in a matter of a day or two, I think since she’s come home she’s realised how isolated she was from everything and the enormity of it when she got home, it was only then…”

Finucane: “And was it he who insisted she come home?”

James: “Yes, it absolutely was.”

Finucane: “And had she gone in to see him at that stage?”

James: “No, it takes 20 to 30 days to get in to see him and for that reason he insisted she went home, he was also afraid she would be arrested and the rest of the Irish contingent would be arrested so he asked them all to go home even though they were all asking to stay and support him.“My brief was to try and steer the family, what do you do in a situation like this, and while I’m a commercial lawyer, I have a very passionate interest in human rights and as I saw it playing out it disgusted me and more importantly I wanted to see what I could do to help them with their concerns which were mostly round his safety in a very chaotic political system, in a high security notorious prison, the conditions of which are pretty appalling, I think you can see from all the papers and the concern about his mental health given the manner in which he was arrested, the trawling of pictures of him in a state of undress across the world media, and how that’s feeding into his physical health. I think for any of us to be trawled in a state of undress against any paper, that would be devastating but this man is internationally known, this man is a very private man and family man in Ireland but a very public figure abroad and he is a member of the International Olympic Council of which I think there is only 150 members and you have to be invited to be asked so he is a well known and well got international figure despite the hatefest and the clear antipathy to him here.”

Finucane: “Why do you think there’s a hatefest, It struck me as kind of remarkable from the very beginning that normally you have hate figures sometimes there are bankers sometimes they are politicians sometimes they are whatever sometimes they are broadcasters you know but you normally get somebody that will make contact or write in or make a phonemail to say this guy is an absolutely terrific guy and that’s appalling, that didn’t happen for him and it didn’t happen for Kevin Mallon. It’s like silence.”

James: “It does seem to be very one-sided, there are pictures of him being shown with Vladimir Putin as if, that’s the description, he is involved with shady characters, he met people of all countries all the time but there was no picture of him shaking hands with schoolchildren as he handed out scholarships, there’s been a very one-sided, to my mind, hatefest and my concern is, I really am absolutely outraged at what I consider to be a flagrant breach of his fundamental human rights, he’s been denied a fair trial at this stage, I think that’s fair to say. I understand he’s been brought before a court yesterday in the hope of getting bail but to be treated and degraded and humiliated in the fashion that he has been and then for the drip feed of information to come from the Brazilian police, where they had the audacity in my view to use Liveline to try and explain things, and yet he’s gagged, he can’t say anything he’s in a prison cell, he hasn’t been charged with anything these are, as his lawyers described, these are accusations based on the flimsiest of assumptions.”

Finucane: “Anyway there is the fact that innocent until proven guilty.”

James: “Absolutely but I think that that has been abused and there is a presumption of innocence in the Constitution in Brazil and I think that the Brazilian police behaviour has been lawless because they’re completely disregarding their own Constitution, so we, the family, haven’t been in any contact with Pat…”

Finucane: “At all at all at all?”

James: “Well Sylvaine was prevented from seeing him and now we’ve established, we’ve appointed a firm of criminal lawyers in Ireland, Sheehan Dunphy and Partners, who will liaise with the lawyers in Rio and there was a conference call just the other evening where the family asked was it possible, if they could get messages of support to him and they have huge concerns about his mental state and the fact that he is missing all of them and they haven’t been able to be in any contact.”

Finucane: “So they’re going to try for letters?”

James: “Which will be approved by the prison authorities and passed on, just messages of support and showing their love for their father.”

Finucane: “When you say approved, do you mean they will be read?”

James: “I presume they would be, yes.”

Finucane: I suppose so.”

James: “I wouldn’t know the ins and outs of that but the drip feeding of information in a situation where he’s gagged and he has no opportunity to respond in my mind cannot guarantee a fair trial so we’ve asked the Minister Charlie Flanagan to meet with us we did meet with the Dept Foreign Affairs and there are consul on the ground but the only objection the Department of Foreign Affairs made to Brazil was the fact that they had filmed and released a film of his passport and the reason they did that is that that’s actually State property, but I think it’s quite bizarre that in making that objection they didn’t see fit to say and by the way we don’t fancy the idea of our Irish citizens being trawled naked across the world media…”

Finucane: “Well well, about the nakedness sure but there has been consular contact hasn’t there?”

James: “There have been two visits after I made a telephone call to Minister Flanagan and I understand he has now requested that the Ambassador would remain in Rio for the period and there is Consul, they’ve been twice to see him .”

Finucane: “And can they give any account to the family of how his health is?”

James: “They have done but most reports we were getting were via RTE but we’ve got some information from and there are two very lovely girls who are on the ground and who have been in contact but we now have heard that Mr Hickey has asked for mosquito repellant which would imply that he’s been exposed to mosquitos so malaria, the Zika virus, and obviously what other endemic diseases are in prison such as TB, people living in close quarters…”

Finucane: “The very odd thing I thought was an account that if you had a third level education you would get a cell to yourself, it seems bizarre.”

James: “That is the truth actually, Fred when he was asked for the medical certification was asked for his IAVI qualifications, he didn’t know why, what a perk of third level education, you get your own cell in Bangu prison in Rio.”

Finucane: “And do you know for sure Kevin Mallon is there?”

James: “He certainly wasn’t in same cell as Kevin Mallon for most of the time the press was reporting, I understand they may be together now, I think that there are reports today that a Supreme Court injunction has been issued and he might get out which is fantastic news because he’s been incarcerated for 3 weeks or more without charge but I’m really only here to speak on behalf of the Hickey family and try to say, I suppose, that they are a family, that this man is a father and a grandfather and he could be anyone’s father, it could be you or I that is in this situation, so I’m asking the Minister, I would like to meet with him.”

Finucane: “Hasn’t he agreed to meet with you?”

James: “He’s agreed, yes to meet with us on Wednesday. I think that, my concern is that his line might be that he’s not going to interfere in a judicial process and protocol etc and I totally accept that he cannot intervene in the judicial process of another country but that doesn’t mean that he can not make objections on behalf of an Irish person, they’re an elected representative, that’s they’re job to look after us and that’s why we elect them, who else but them.”

Finucane: “Well, Foreign Affairs, I think Have a good reputation all round the world for Irish citizens…”

James: “Yes I’d say that they do and I’m hopeful that the meeting on Wednesday will move us on a bit further I even think that, asking the ambassador to be there is, and the Irish ambassador, yes, to remain in Rio, and I think that that is a little bit, you know, a sign that we’re watching what’s going on and that they can’t just behave in, trial by media, incarcerating somebody while they gag him, humiliate him, isolate him and any prisoner.”

Finucane: “Right. You’re in contact now with the lawyers over there. And I don’t want to name names or anything like that at all but I’s alleged that he was told to put Shane back in his box, the Minister, but that seems an extraordinary attitude, doesn’t it?”

James: “Well I think it was something which came to him by way of an advisory letter which I think, maybe the wording is unfortunate, but in reality, I’m not sure that this is known and I only know this because of having been involved with the family and listening to the lawyers speaking with the Irish lawyers is that it hasn’t been put out that, when somebody’s asked if they’re going to have an internal investigation it’s pretty normal that there is no external person on that, you can have as many external investigations as you like and because there was pressure by Minister Ross to have somebody put on to, initially there was a refusal because that’s the way they do it, because of the seriousness of it I think Mr Hickey asked his next boss in the, I think it was the EOC, and there had been an agreement reached with Mr Ross after several hours of negotiation that they would appoint Ken Spratt, so that hasn’t come out, so it’s all you know smoke and mirrors that he’s been of no assistance and all that, but that’s for another time, that’s for an investigation which, you know he’ll have to come and answer and I don’t know how that can happen if he’s incarcerated in a prison in Rio.”

Finucane: “Yeah what are the prospects of, what is normal practice or do you know what is normal practice in Rio?”

James: “Well in terms of an investigation here I would have thought that he would have to be here or at least to be given access to whatever documentation he’s supposed to explain, I understand from this video conference we had with and again I’m not acting there is a firm acting for him with them but he has asked for documentation which he says will exonerate him, this was the lawyer in Brazil.

Finucane: “Pat Hickey was looking for documentation. From whom? From Ireland”

James: “From the OCI and I think from the solicitors they’ve now appointed, Arthur Cox. so I think that request is being made and formulated.

Finucane: And under the rules, do you think he will be facilitated in that action by the Rio authorities?”

James: “I don’t think the Rio authorities can stop the Rio lawyers from requesting documentation which I think will help his client and I have no doubt that the OCI and their lawyers will stop up to the plate and won’t find any protocol reasons why they can’t release that when a man’s detention is at stake, when he needs, he has to answer whatever charges are brought against him when they’re brought and that’s a matter for him to prove his innocence or not as the case may be but he should be given all documentation that he says will help…”

Finucane: “Exonerate him. Meanwhile the family are here at home.”

James: ““Yes they are.”

Finucane: “And I gather the main worry his his health?”

“his health yes and getting him a speedy trial that’s what he has requested.he as i see said that he wishes to remain there and has his name cleared I think that his reputation has been irreparably damaged, and that will hurt him you know, he’s worked a very long time to get where he is and I know that he’s not popular here but he seems to be popular internationally. I don’t know the man, I might have met him 4 times in his life but I know that he’s a very private and family man in Ireland, doesn’t live the high life in any way a very modest lifestyle, two daughters in law who are early stages of pregnancy and being monitored very closely and clearly the stress for them as a family as human beings, it’s awful and just the concern that their dad is locked up…”

Finucane: “He has an unusual heart condition.”

“He’s had electric shock treatment. My understanding is that there’s only so much electric shock treatment you can have and then that’s it there’s no further treatment you can have so i don’t know know how long that is but the deleterious effect of this on anyone’s heart cannot be underestimated especially for a man his age at 71 you know.”

Finucane: “I can only imagine that the family are up the walls, I mean anybody would be.”

James: “Yes they are, they are absolutely devastated, absolutely devastated and they know from him because he’s a private man, they know from him how terribly upsetting, one of the points that Fred, you know for him to have his head shaved, now as it turned out it didn’t happen .”

Finucane: “It didn’t happen?

James: “Now the reaction of Fred to that, he’ll just hate that, and then you know the pictures, well we didn’t know if he’d seen the pictures or not, that he would be trawled across the world media is just devastating for him.”


“But the reality is the main concern is his health and safety and the only way of safeguarding that is to get him back to Ireland so you know the speedier the trial..”

Finucane: “So they’re all…”

“They’re all, Fred’s son is to start school for the first time, they had a big thing planned where Granddad was to bring him down as well, it was going to be a big thing, he’s going to miss that…”

“You have to have the trial first don’t you.”

James: “Yeah, I think that would be great, to get the bail application in so that he’s back out

: “ And then he could get house arrest?”

“Yeah, I think they’ve offered that, I think the OCI have already rented an apartment to live in while he deals with the case so I think at that stage the family might be able to go over, he’s absolutely adamant they weren’t to at the moment so they’ve abided by his wishes as did Sylviane by coming home despite her clear desire not to leave her husband there, so…”

“Isn’t it heartbreaking in a way all the excitement and positivity and good cheer and excitement and that and then…”

James: “It is, you see the lads getting their medals and Annaliese Murphy and it’s fantastic for Ireland and I’m a very proud Irish woman.”

Finucane: “And for all who qualified. I mean it is an extraordinary ending for what was a very optimistic trip.”

“Yes absolutely.”

“Well thank you very much for coming in I know that a lot of people will understand that the family would be – any family would be – up the walls, anguished with this so that we will see what happens, it has to be said that the police behave in a different fashion to what they do here,, normally however you must remember poor Cliff Richard, the BBC filming his house being done and nothing against him and it’s all been cleared anyway, that’s a different jurisdiction, thank you very much indeed for coming in and for talking to us thank you.”

James: “Thank you.”

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96 thoughts on “Anyone’s Godfather

      1. manolo

        I doubt the judge sent the guy to jail without proper grounds and legal foundation – maybe you know something I don’t (?). You may not like it, but that is due process by the Brazilian books. If one doesn’t like it one shouldn’t go there.

        I just wish the Irish press grew a pair and told the whole story instead of this one sided pity the powerful BS. It is revolting.

        1. rotide

          As far as I can tell he hasn’t been in front of a Judge.

          The police have arrested him and held him in detention without charging him. I could be wrong, but as far as i can tell that’s the thrust of the lawyers points

          1. manolo

            His arrest was ordered by a judge. Why does standing in front of the judge make such a difference? It will happen soon anyway.

            What I would suggest though is that unless the family is worried only about damage limitation here, they (and the Irish press) should go easy about the “Brazilian system bad, poor nice old Irish man good” discourse because embassies tend to collect this kind of information and feed it back to their governments and I doubt it will be helping much.

            As for getting ministers and ambassadors involved, forget about it, Brazilian powers have never been so distinctly separated as they are today, I can only see these moves backfiring. Make sure the man has good local lawyers (he really needs that) and use them as the main official channel, showing respect for the local police and courts.

          2. Tish Mahorey

            You are wrong Rotide. He has been charged and was arraigned in front of a judge before being brought to prison. His bail appeal was heard in front of a judge too.

      2. Tish Mahorey

        “The law that says you can be held without charge for 10 days? That law?”

        Rotide protecting the establishment again. You know that suspects in Ireland can be held without charge for 7 days under Section 50 Criminal Justice Act (2007) for charges of organised crime and conspiracy?

        You must be a huge Marian Finucane fan, with all her cartel and developer mates on as guests all time, using her show to forgive themselves of their sins.

      1. Cup of Tea anyone

        Yeah but does he have to bring his grandchild to his first day of school?

        also something about a miracle baby

  1. Peter Dempsey

    Pat Hickey
    With the ten foot mickey
    He showed it to the women next door
    She thought it was a snake
    And cut it with a rake
    Now it’s only four foot four

      1. ceo

        Ha. Haven’t heard that one in a long, long time and it was in Limerick not Wexford. So its origin is debatable.

  2. Paddy

    Joe Fest, and now Marion Fest. Tubs Fest Monday. But no such concentration on Louise O Keeffe by RTE in her time of need.

    1. Heavens Above

      It’s difficult and dangerous to get out of a car tel when it’s spinning like mad.
      Who is protecting who?

  3. Jimbo

    Definitely paying my license fee now. Otherwise RTÉ won’t be able to continue providing PR services for Ireland’s elite.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      It would be cheap at twice the price, Dear, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Indeed, our very survival could depend on these vital services. What would become of us if we no longer respected “the great and the good” and asked ‘why is your slice of pie three times bigger than anyone else’s? – did you earn it?’ Veritable chassis could well ensue.

  4. Donger

    He probably should have considered his grandchildren and super miracle baby future grandchild before he touted tickets in a country where it is a serious offence to tout tickets.
    Ps. The reason there is no sympathy for him is he an awful person. Former athletes and families of athletes have come out with some interesting stories this week

  5. some old queen

    i somewhat wonder why a man of his age was involved in such a fraud in the first place. He is not poor. Guys like him have been ripping people off for so long they just don’t know how to do anything else I suppose.

    Sad really.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Dey just keep on keepin’ on. It is their nature to say ” I must wet my beak ” – hard to change such long standing habits in the ‘L’oreal people ‘.

      1. A Accountant

        Lol, that ‘wet my beak’ phrase makes me think of the greedy white clad Finucci in the godfather who ends up being murdered by Vito.

    2. petey

      “i somewhat wonder why a man of his age was involved in such a fraud in the first place. He is not poor. Guys like him have been ripping people off for so long they just don’t know how to do anything else I suppose.”

      i think you answered your own question

    3. martco

      there’s more than a touch of Lance Armstrong style sociopath in there that’s why
      I doubt it was about the money as you say, more about the position of power…imagine his OCI peers ain’t much different…I’d imagine they’re all at it but Hickey maybe telegraphed his touting habits more than the others, the Brazilian cops were well clued in, waiting on him to do his thing

      1. some old queen

        That’s true. Sociopaths think in terms of power not money and they rise through corporate ranks because they are ruthless.

    1. Truth in the News

      Imagine all the tax they will pay….or will it be like the rest “Chicken Feed”

  6. moroccan rug dealer

    Hickeys email to THG’s Evans after Mallon’s arrest
    “We are happy with this revised statement. Do you need us to give you some names and email addresses of key Irish media?”
    Evans ” No need Pat thx but we have these”.
    This gets better and better and really shows how deep set the rot and corruption in Ireland is . Its disgusting.

  7. The Real Jane

    Oh, he’s a grandfather? Well that changes everything.
    I’m getting a bit tired of RTÉ implying that only Ireland does proper laws and therefore Irish citizens shouldn’t be arrested abroad for things.
    It’s just desperate.

  8. Truth in the News

    The Dublin media are upset, that the Police in Rio are investigating the issue
    about the tickets and are trying to establish the chain of distribution, the mistakes
    that they made was hyping up the arrest, they should have been savvy enought
    to seize the camera of the media outfit that did the filming, this occured in a private
    place and not in public, indeed why didn’t they move earlier, they had a week and
    plenty of opportunity.
    Pat Hickey like or loath him is entitled to a presumption of innocence, but Joe Duffy and Finucane devoting media time is only rising the ire of the public and where have they all being in doing an interview with Jemma O’Doherty and giving her air time

  9. Twunt

    Despite all the efforts of the RTE media, I’ve not met a single person with a more than a sliver of sympathy for Hickey

    1. The Real Jane

      Possibly because of their efforts. I had some sympathy for an elderly person arrested at first until I read the transcript of Joe Duffy’s chauvinistic interview with the police fella from Brazil. Horrific stuff. He ought to be ashamed to be so parochial and dismissive of the laws of other countries, their right to uphold them and the obligation of Irish people travelling abroad to be bound by the law where they go.

        1. Twunt

          Halawa made his own bed, now he must lie in it, and we can but hope that he has a few more years to go.

          1. Deluded

            That’s rotide’s point, though. Here you have a guy, maybe idealistic, maybe misguided, but we are pretty sure that what he is in prison for isn’t even a crime here, in fact many argue that in principal it is a necessary even noble pursuit.
            And now he has been abandoned with only occassional diplomatic gestures and some passing remarks in the media while his family frantically plead for intercession.
            Meanwhile the court of internet opinion has deemed him guilty even though he hasn’t even been charged yet, because we just don’t like his sort.

          2. Twunt

            If by his type you mean Islamofascist then yes, I don’t like his type. I know plenty of Muslim people that don’t like his type.

            His group, the Muslim Brotherhood, are outlawed and consider a terrorist organization charged with various offences that are indeed crimes in most of the world.

          3. some old queen

            @ Deluded

            One of two things have happened. Either the Brazilian police don’t know what they are doing or they got their man. Which do you think it is?

          4. rotide

            It’s impossible to tell if you know what my point is since I can’t penetrate who you’re talking about in your comment

          5. Deluded

            Hi rotide. I was fleshing-out the comparison you drew. In fairness, you didn’t defend Hickey’s honour so I took liberties with the idea of the “free market” and looking after your own.
            … You are quite correct though that many are happy to run amok when they dislike the target and cry foul when they are likewise offended.

      1. Mollie

        Joe’s hobbyhorse ‘Man of the people’ should be confined to the paddock with blinkers. I’ve noticed he repeats himself over and over. I wish some of the guests would just say Joe you asked me that question already and I answered you 5 minutes ago. Doh !

    2. rotide

      2 pieces in 10 days of output does not constitute the ‘best efforts’ of RTE.

      You’d swear there was blanket ‘Free the Rio 1’ coverage or something.

      1. Twunt

        Don’t be so obtuse. It is more than 2 pieces, it is the tone of the news casts, the disparaging of the ‘foreign’ system.

        1. rotide

          That’s your own projection.

          The coverage has been pretty neutral even though most people are secretely delighted.

          1. Nigel

            The neutrality of the coverage and the delight of the people are the two notable responses to the affair. What’s absent, as far as I can see and maybe I just missed it, is any concerted digging into connections with the ticket crowd and the workings of the OCI. It was odd after the first guy got arrested and RTE seemed to be treating it as a kind of comic opera,part of the entertainment, especially when Ross went over. With the second arrest they retreated to shock and solemnity, but no investigation or probing or anything. Neutrality is fine, but it’s their job to dig.

  10. Kolmo

    Phoenix magazine has a more nuanced view of what’s going on this week, turns out hickey upset some connected peoples, hence the pre-arranged cameras, many armed po-po..

      1. Tish Mahorey

        “Phoenix Magazine has no credibilty.”

        It has all the credibility all the other newspapers don’t have. It’s articles are meticulously researched and well written. It’s content is uncorrupted by sponsors and paid for ‘news’ articles like the Indo which is just a rag and the Irish Times which is heading the way.

      1. :-Joe

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  11. CousinJack

    At least Brazil has a process regadless of ‘who you are’. Well done brazil, if only the Gardai had those balls instead of kowtowin to money an influence

    RTE unless you are uneducated/from the country/ over 65 who watches or listens to this garbage, thank god for the internet and the bbc/C4

    1. manonfire

      They should send George Gibney down with a yank visa to spring him from Rio, apparently hes really connected and can facilitate such things..

  12. Mountain talk

    Can someone let Brazil know bout these sentiments, comments, the site. That we’re not all like anxious faced toads, concerned bout our nice sweet old harmless grandfather.
    Burn the motherfupper, City of God style. Then round up everyone he knows North Korea style.
    Just woke up / drinking coffee.
    I’ll calm down.

  13. Votey McVolteface

    The government also put this geebag in charge if tge 2023 Rugby World Cup effort. Hickey would be 78 that year.

    Dontcha love old people and how they are looked after.

  14. Ferret McGruber

    That was a disgraceful, wholly unbalanced interview. The fact that I have to pay that RTE shower €160 a year of my hard-earned really gets on my wick. I hope you’re proud of that interview Marian.

  15. :-Joe

    The usual hilarious RTE establishment propoganda machine interview…. was to expected I suppose..

    …” A one-sided hate fest, shady dealings with Putin, human rights violations, the audacious treatment by lawless unconstitutional brazilian police… ”

    Also, apparently he’s desperately needed back to deal with all the family’s personal issues and take his grandson to school… this is just adding to the devastation…. ???…

    Is this woman a lawyer or a PR spin-doctor ?…. Do the family actually think this is helping him squirm his way out of it?…

    …He’s also having serious problems with mosquitos… Well If there’s one thing I know for sure, don’t take the mozies for granted.. little devious basturds.. they’ll eat you alive, no matter who you are.. man, woman, child… and beasts of all sorts.


  16. rotide

    Fascinating how many people watch and listen to RTE all of a sudden.

    Looking forward to the multitude of ‘I don’t see why i should pay any money for something I don’t use’ replies next time the licence fee is mentioned.

  17. Spaghetti Hoop

    I always thought it unfair that a massive consumer of RTE radio but a zero consumer of RTE television is not differentiated in terms of the license fee. I mean, An Post would take my cash because I had a TV set in the house, like it was a dog or something – not by what broadcasts / channels I consumed. Worst payment model ever.

  18. Mad Mike

    If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

    A useful lesson to teach his grandchildren.

  19. fluffybiscuits

    Whatever about the guilt or non guilt of Hickey and his cronies, I for one have zero time for them. However at the end of the day,it still has to be said that he has rights like everyone else. The danger is and from my personal reading of it, you would almost swear some vested interests want to see the trial collapse. Give so much media coverage that its not deemed a fair trial. I hope they throw the book at him personally if he is found guilty but that aside people do have rights. RTE however sound like a propoganda machine. I have not seen anything critical of Hickey on it …

  20. Tish Mahorey

    I think Gemma O’Doherty needs the Hickey’s lawyers so she can go on Marian Finucane’s propaganda show next weekend and tell the country how two Gardaí arrived at her the other night for no good reason.

      1. Cup of Tea anyone

        I googled Gemma O’Doherty and the top place she is mentioned is twitter and here. Guess the other “unbaised” news sources don’t really like her stuff.

      1. Kerri Ann

        “O’Sullivan sent 2 garda to my home tonight unannounced. A new level of harassment for reporters airing corruption” There’s a picture of a car.

  21. 15 cent


    and why do our media keep attacking Brazil over their laws because ours are different? we are no shining beacon of how laws should be laid out and enforced. maybe if we did it a bit more like brazil we’d have less tyrants like Hickey marauding about the place doing however they please.

  22. jambon

    Two questions we should all be asking. Can someone please show some support for the elite Irish circle? How can we protect them?

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