In the Times today:
Watchdog recommends disciplining senior garda - The Irish Times - Fri, Oct 30, 2009THE GARDA Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has recommended that disciplinary action be taken against a senior member of An Garda Síochána in relation to the handling of a protest over Corrib gas in north Mayo over two years ago.
The Times is shy of naming the brave Garda Superintendent, but I think it is obvious they are talking about Joe Gannon. He took the decision to break the lock on a gate with bolt cutters and use a JCB as a batterring ram to push local people out of the way so that Shell could erect a portacabin.
He was told at the time that he was crossing privately owned land without the permission of the landowner, but he appears to be claiming now that he was given "incorrect information". In another article in the Times, this one unsigned, Supt Gannon is credited with claiming that "he was unaware that a solicitor for the landowner was trying to contact him by telephone."
He was told by the owner of the land that his solicitor was on the phone and the mobile was held out to him. There is a difference between "unaware" and "didn't want to know"...