Witness, My’Lud, the utterances of Judge Mary Devins, sitting at Claremorris District Court, as recalled by the Mayo News of 28th September, questioning the rights of two Polish nationals before her having access to interpreters. "Why", asked the good judge, “when the country is on its knees do we have to pay for a Polish interpreter?”
Gombeen Nation, September 30th, 2010.
See original post Judge Mary Devins questions Polish Interpretation
Devins has form when it comes to Polish People living in Ireland. Last week, you will all know by now, she heard the case of a man who had called a security guard a "fat Polish fucker" (the security guard was, in fact, Irish. Whether he was circumferentially challenged or not is unknown).
The issuer of the not-very-clever remark was up before Devins, having pleaded guilty at a previous court sitting before another judge, who had ordered the offender pay €1,000 to a Polish charity. When the question came up as to whether there was a Polish charity in Ireland, Devins quipped:
"A Polish charity? There is. It's called the social welfare".
Cue spontaneous guffaws and hoots of laughter from the assembled, upstanding gobshites of Castlebar District Court.
Devins has since been forced to "apologise".
An apology is not enough. She is simply not suited to such a responsible role, and any Polish person coming before her cannot expect fair treatment in her courtroom.
As she will not resign - this, remember, is someone who parked on double yellow lines outside her own courtroom while throwing the book at errant motorists up before her - she should be sacked.
Which brings us back to the question asked back in 2010: "Who judges the judges?"
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