Nothing less than radical reform will do.

Caution: Some salty language.

Anthony Sheridan writes:

And so the usual avalanche of meaningless, naïve and uninformed analysis is upon us in response to the latest scandal – the sacking of yet another Garda Commissioner.

Yes, she was sacked, there are many ways to sack a person without actually seeming to do so.

So for those who wish to bypass all the utter bullshit that will be spewed out over the coming weeks in response to this latest episode of police/political corruption – here’s the stripped down truth.

Our police force is an irredeemably corrupt organisation. It will never be reformed from the inside because to do so would mean having to retire, fire and prosecute hundreds if not thousands of police officers.

Real reform would also mean establishing a truly independent police force that would see the severing of the corrupt nexus between the force and the corrupt political system principally made up of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour.

A politically independent police force would mean corrupt politicians would find themselves under regular investigation for their criminal activities.

A politically independent police force would see, for the first time in our history, bankers, property developers, members of the legal profession, civil servants, so-called regulators, judges and even police officers regularly facing justice before the courts.

A politically independent police force will never become a reality until the corrupt political system is first removed from power.

All other talk/analysis surrounding this issue should be treated for what it is – utter bullshit.

Garda corruption: the stripped down truth (Anthony Sheridfasn, Public Inquiry)


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40 thoughts on “Copping On

  1. Hoy

    He gives out about uninformed analysis then proceeds to do same!

    Nice work broadsheet, there’s several defamatory statements there unchecked.

    1. curmudgeon

      My sentiments exactly. There’s less substance in this article than a typical broadsheet comment and it’s about as well researched.

    2. Harry Molloy

      He wants them locked up because he doesn’t like them. We can worry about drafting some retrospective legislation once power has been seized comrade :-)

    3. Shane

      When was the last itme that you were in a courtroom, even as an observer. Gardaí lie through their teeth, judges trample on our Rights, and generally ignore the law. They pick the bits of the law that suit them, while ignoring the rest. Civil Rights, Statutory Rights, Human Rights, and Constitutional Rights are irrelevant most of the time.

    4. William Finnerty


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      1. badatmemes

        And who chose the Government?

        We are all complicit.
        This is more complicated than I thought it was going to be.

  2. Nodin

    He’s not wrong. Callinans rise was greatly based on political support – my understanding is it would have been impossible without same. It remains to be seen whether they’ll tackle the full scope of his time in the job, let alone take action to prevent a re-occurrence in the future.

    1. badatmemes

      It’s not difficult to imagine it as the beginnings of Police State.

      Or maybe it’s just me.

      Fix the Government.
      Get ‘Fix the Gardaí’ for free.

      1. badatmemes

        Alternatively, try to fix the Gardaí without fixing the Government…

        Let’s look at how that’s progressing…
        No… Let’s try it again, in a different building. With lots of new jobs. And a €1m advertising campaign, and new uniforms.And an RTÉ live broadcast from Citywest…
        It might just work.
        Or it might all happen again, but worser.

        You don’t heal a veruca by shaving the hard skin away.
        You need to destroy the roots.

        1. nellyb

          these type of roots are half the country, careful what you wish for. we’ll do what we’ve always done – emigrate at slow rate :-)

          1. Shane

            Half the country voted for them ? No we didn’t. What proportion of the eligible voters actually voted ? Where is the alternative ? A few fledgling parties and independents. Most people are so pissed off that they can’t be arsed. A few people are prepared to stand up and defy the twisted administration.

  3. badatmemes

    Excuse me for going all ‘opiniated’ and ‘political’.
    I’ve been drinking and smokin’
    …but mostly smokin’.
    And drinking.

    I’m feeling very upbeat because I just had a conversation in French with a French guy and he understood everything I said to him.
    it’s amazing… He understood every word I said. I’m ‘sur la lune‘, as he might say.
    He’s coming back later on with two female friends a six-pack of Budwiser, and a smoked-cod and chips with salt ‘n’ vinegar.

    It’s going to be brilliant!

      1. badatmemes

        Turned out he was from Galway, just getting something over a ‘jackeen’.
        Just fer de craic, like…

        They’d mak you sick.

    1. badatmemes

      I attacked his idea (singular) in a robust but whimsical way.
      – Are you suggesting there’s an alternative?

  4. badatmemes

    Some of you don’t get subtlety and sarcasm

    Therein lies the difference and therin.

    This new ‘me and your granny on the bongos’ commentatorer makes me talk in The Fall references.
    There’s a ghost in my house.
    Look it up.

    1. badatmemes

      Anyone who doesn’t expect this turd to be shiny when it hits the Government’s fan, ie. Sunday ‘Independent’…
      – I’d take the weekend off if I were you.

  5. nellyb

    But seriously, lads, in lieu of law enforcement we’re heading towards vigilantism. I am personally very concerned about this door being wide open by the m0r0n$ entrusted with country administration.
    Can they do some amnesty deal, like the southafricans, for the stake of starting anew? because how else would you untangle the unholy mess of giant circle jerk?
    I mean, current situation is plain dangerous. For anybody without overseas home to take refuge.

    1. badatmemes

      You get it.

      My immediate reaction was ‘Sounds like Hitler perhaps. Sounds a bit like Hitler perhaps.’
      It was only then that I had a spliff/drink/spliff/drink, etc.

      (I was still doin’ me MES impressions at the times, because of hat old lady with the big bongoes.
      … I’m still bad at me mes impressions.)

      I know I did this joke before, but I waited four years to make it so I’m milking it.
      Some of you will never get it. That’s okay.

  6. badatmemes

    On a seperate note…
    Change your phone network to the 3 network.
    Cancel your Internet provider subscription.
    €20 / month… Actual unlimited data. No, really… none of that Meteor ‘unfair usage’. True unlimited.

    Internet everywhere, no hoops to jump through. (Sorry, hoops.)

    I saw it advertised on a bus stop today.
    Trust me… I’ve been abusing it for more than a month. YOU should too.

    Free Internet, everywhere…
    If enough of you follow me we can get it down to a tenner.

    I save €58 /;month.
    You might do better.

  7. badatmemes

    I forgot the technical bit…
    Use the ‘Mobile Data Connection’ option, always on.
    (Opposite to Cyrus, TPB fans.)
    Then set up a ‘network-sharing’ thing and connect ALL your devices.

    @ €20/month
    When we get bigger it will be get cheaper.
    Fight with your feet.

  8. badatmemes

    Idealism is admirable, but it doesn’t work.
    I admire the author’s aspirations.
    I was young once myself.

    In Irish society, the louder you speak the smaller the corner you paint yourself into.

    It’s quite a conundrum.

  9. badatmemes

    Do I have to say it twice?
    This is post is like an ‘Am I say it twi2e…

    We are the majority.
    Why should WE be shy?


    1. badatmemes

      My disgruntlement has exceeded my misgruntlement.
      I’m not stupid. I know that isnt a real word. I made it up.
      …you know what I mean, you silly two fellows.

      I’ll stop again, now…

  10. badatmemes

    I didn’t go to college.

    Not because I coukdn’t afford to, which I couldn’t…
    Not becauseI didn’t want to, which I did…
    Not because I wasn’t suitable…because I was…

    Because of …

    It doesn’t matter.

  11. badatmemes

    Hang on a minute.
    Some of you are a bit too quick taking me up the wrong way.
    I’m susceptible to hiccups, subservient to nothing except science.
    You should come and have a go if you think I’m drunk enough.
    -ye never know yer luck in this modern age.

  12. Hugh_Mungus

    all i know is from personal experience and a lot of people I know saying the same, is that if you drug tested every garda coming in on a monday morning, you’d be left with about 1/3 of the force by lunchtime.

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