Thursday, 13 February 2014

Gardai bug Ombudsman shock?

Should it come as any surprise? 

The Garda have been bugging people for years, in so many ways. Even Justice Morris, who headed a tribunal of inquiry to investigate gardai misdeeds in Donegal in the 90s and 2000s.

The Morris Tribunal found extensive corruption and criminal behaviour by gardai in that county, some of whom tried to frame members of a family for murder. 

 They also planted “evidence” on people, and hid guns and explosives which they “found” later and claimed as arms caches, to aid their promotion.

 Indeed, Morris himself reported that "The Tribunal has been staggered by the amount of indiscipline and insubordination it has found in the Garda Force.”

The Garda also tapped phones of prominent journalists in the 80s, at the behest of the Fianna Fail minister of justice, Sean Doherty.

Given all this, is it really too far-fetched to think that the good folk at the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) suspected their offices might have been bugged? And is it any surprise that the last people to whom they might report their suspicions would be the Garda themselves?

The Garda are habitually uncooperative towards the GSOC, even sometimes refusing to submit documents to the ombudsman when claims of misconduct are being made.

The force also resisted attempts by the GSOC to look into the recent penalty points scandal, in which some gardai wiped the penalty points slate clean for themselves, their mates, their families, certain politicians and GAA “stars”.

Let’s play detective for a minute and ask who would possibly want to bug the GSOC’s offices?

No need to call Inspector Morse, is there?


Ella said...

Hi GM, did I not read somewhere that the equipment used is not commercially available. So let me see, who has access to such equipment, means to plant such equipment, motive to plant such equipment...well now it's hardly the likes of ourselves is it....

Nenad said...

Lads, we need the Garda! Otherwise the country will be ruled by the mob:

muahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ...

Ella said...

Hi Nenad, well the he (the judge) would say that wouldn't he. Vested interest and all that..

madame K. said...

One often finds oneself bugged, One must look to the highest court in the land for vindication,
such a bore.

Anonymous said...

One could be forgiving in thinking that the Ombudsman made the whole scandal up or even bugged his own office just for attention.

The powers that be will no doubt be working hard to bury this story.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Gombeen Man
nothing new since Feb
Were you silenced ?

Anonymous said...

Where are you,nothing since Feb,have you been silenced

The Gombeen Man said...

My head is wrecked even thinking about the place, mate. And the more I think about it, the more wrecked it gets.

Having a little break for the sake of my sanity, such as it is!