Jim Higgins and Brendan Howlin were the only TDs who spoke out about the corrupt Gardaí in Donegal. Both were told to shut up by their party leaders. Every single party leader, and every Minister for Justice form the early 90s onwards KNEW and had DETAILED REPORTS on what was going on. They sat on it, denied it, tried to cover it up, until the stench got so bad even our corrupt gombeen shyster thieving lying amoeba-brained subhuman scumbags (also known as TDs for short) had to pretend to do something about it.
The end result of the Morris Tribunal? Two cops get suspended, a few others get transfers to other divisions, and nobody is found responsible. Fecking typical.
This is a regular problem with our Political Class.
I can give numerous examples of TDs and Ministers receiving "briefings" on topics, and/or people, such that the Politician receiving the "inside track" comes away with a totally distorted version of reality, but trusts the source (or is afraid to cross the source).
One Minister famously told the Dail, with a straight face, that the Department of Justice had briefed him to the effect that the Irish Computer Society were "anti-War campaigners", and "attention seekers".
We saw much the same thing at the time of the Northern Bank Fraud Cover Up.
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