“I Have A Great Deal Of Respect For The Guards”


Last Sunday.

Stradbally, County Laois.

Olaf Tyransen interviews Ian Bailey in The Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic about his legal battles, his poetry, his life in Ireland and the decency of young guards.

You’ll like him.

Previously: Ian Bailey on Broadsheet

39 thoughts on ““I Have A Great Deal Of Respect For The Guards”

    1. A snowflake's chance in hell

      Yes fair play Anne coming in on the wife beating angle, I mean that’s the real story here, he once hit his wife a few slaps, can you imagine it, he lost his head at least once over the years, in spite of a campaign and witch hunt of extraordinary vindictiveness by the French and Irish local government agents for years.

        1. A snowflake's chance in hell

          As I said, fair play for highlighting this, this is the real story here, someone lost their temper once, and thankfully we have you to remember it for ever and ever and ever and ever.

          1. realPolithicks

            ” he once hit his wife a few slaps”
            “someone lost their temper once”

            You’re not helping your argument with comments like this, it’s not acceptable to ever use violence on your significant other.

          2. A snowflake's chance in hell

            Who said it was?

            In the context of an orchestrated campaign of state violence against the named individual it’s a footnote however, but thanks to Anne’s vigilance we can now focus on it as an integral part of the story, I stand corrected and am grateful to you also for your nagging conscience, without you I’d be a lost sheep out in the desert, thanks

            your humble servant

          3. Brother Barnabas

            “it’s not acceptable to ever use violence on your significant other.”

            It’s not acceptable to ever use violence on anyone, anywhere

          4. realPolithicks

            You didn’t say it snowy, but you certainly implied it. There’s no need to get so butthurt, you made a mistake it’s not the end of the world.

          5. Daisy Chainsaw

            There are bodies piled high around this country of women and children dead because “someone lost their temper once”.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        The “few slaps” came before the campaign and witch hunt etc.

        And it wasn’t a few slaps. He put her into hospital.

        And it wasn’t once.

        1. A snowflake's chance in hell

          great – make sure you tell us something else bad he did as well just in case we DON’T REMEMBER HOW TO JUDGE THE VERY VERY BAD MAN

          1. Brother Barnabas

            I’m not judging him. And I don’t think it’s relevant. But downplaying domestic abuse isn’t really the way to go.

          1. A snowflake's chance in hell

            Don’t tell me you’ve never landed an uppercut yourself Anne I’d say you’re a divil

      1. A snowflake's chance in hell

        Maybe they’ll ask you next year eh Frilly

        There must be some aspect of the bake off that remains undiscussed

  1. :-Joe

    The poetry is not great, he seems a bit egocentric but I wish him well with his troubles mostly for his wife’s sake.


  2. dav

    2 Things.
    1. The gardai completely and utterly messed up the initial murder investigation.
    2. In light of he recent drink driving fraud, we must accept the possibility that the gardai have tried to set up an innocent man for the murder of that lady to make up for their inability to investigate the murder.

    1. scottser

      He’s a bit of a nasty git, that’s why he’s an easy fit up. The gardai not only ballsed up the investigation they ballsed up the frame job too.

  3. Catherinecostelloe

    Poor Sophie could have become another “missing person” statistic. My sympathy to her parents and son. Pity we haven’t a top level European police task force to come in and start from scratch., in such cases.

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