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    Two full time plain clothes gardai protect Paul Williams. This may be somewhat justified by threats to him, but it is necessary full time ? Given that it takes 5 garda to provide 24/7 protection per unit with leave, time off etc,, this means that in effect ten gardai are full time protecting him. With pay, overtime, subsistence allowance etc, the cost for the past few years must have reached millions by now. And is it healthy for a crime reporter to be so embedded with the gardai,and do they feed off each other, as Vincent Browne often alleges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Healy View Post
    Two full time plain clothes gardai protect Paul Williams. This may be somewhat justified by threats to him, but it is necessary full time ? Given that it takes 5 garda to provide 24/7 protection per unit with leave, time off etc,, this means that in effect ten gardai are full time protecting him. With pay, overtime, subsistence allowance etc, the cost for the past few years must have reached millions by now. And is it healthy for a crime reporter to be so embedded with the gardai,and do they feed off each other, as Vincent Browne often alleges.
    Seems like a lot of money to spend protecting a fiction writer. At least Rushdie wrote good fiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cael View Post
    Seems like a lot of money to spend protecting a fiction writer. At least Rushdie wrote good fiction.


    And it gives him a sense of importance- he probably feels like a Minister or other VIP.

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    In view of the Veronica Guerin thing it may be that garda have to protect him as they could not tolerate another journo being taken out. But here is a point, if his paper and Williams are making huge money out of the crime business which they are, should they not contribute to the cost of security the same way as banks do for protection ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas Mor View Post
    In view of the Veronica Guerin thing it may be that garda have to protect him as they could not tolerate another journo being taken out. But here is a point, if his paper and Williams are making huge money out of the crime business which they are, should they not contribute to the cost of security the same way as banks do for protection ?
    abso-bloody-lutely!

    or just place him under house arrest until he dies of old age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Healy View Post
    And is it healthy for a crime reporter to be so embedded with the gardai,
    Are you saying it could have an effect on his judgment about other things, such as the documentary he made about Shell and the Gardaí in Mayo?

    No! Say it isn't so!

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    Williams was on de late late a few years ago and basically said people who use internet cafes were all paeodphiles. He said something along the lines of 'what do you think all those guys are doing in internet cafes all day Pat?'
    It showed
    A: his penchant for exaggeration, making leaps and sensationalism; And
    B: his understanding of crime (I'd imagine paedos tend to have internet access at home)
    He's a parasite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey cat View Post
    Are you saying it could have an effect on his judgment about other things, such as the documentary he made about Shell and the Gardaí in Mayo?

    No! Say it isn't so!
    Did not the BCC rule on that programme ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas Mor View Post
    Did not the BCC rule on that programme ?
    I only hope that nobody still thinks it was good, true, honest or anything else positive? Made in the most corrupt era Ireland has ever known by the most corrupt "investigator" Ireland has ever known, it will be the ultimate shame for TV3 forever. Hope TV3 have now had the sense to cremate this unbelievable con job forever .......and demanded their money back from the Williams & Gregg liars!
    BECAUSE SOME OF US DON'T THINK ABOUT FUTURE GENERATIONS, THEY WILL NEVER FORGET US! https://www.vimeo.com/8668733 'Pipe Down' Corrib gas documentary 2009

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    How does he have all those top secret meetings with sources who sound like they're Wind in the Willows characters with 2 garda babysitting him?

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