Friday, August 04, 2006

Not since the earliest days of the State has the role of the Irish Army (sic) been under such intense scrutiny . And not since the war years has it had such a forceful political master as Patrick Mark Cooney .
From 'The Phoenix' magazine , 3 February 1984 .

Paddy Cooney , who is now the political boss of the State Army believes that there is " unwillingness to obey the laws of the land . Every citizen must realise that the alternative to the democratic concensus is anarchy leading to revolutionary change.." ('1169...' Comment - when that "law" is an ass , and is being enforced by unprincipled careerist assholes , and that "land" is a corrupt , gombeen and morally-challenged poxy State such as this is , then we say - 'bring on the anarchy!' and God speed the 'revolutionary change'! )

Mr. Cooney is also concerned with "... the high level of national (sic- for Cooney and his likes , the word 'national' is used to describe the Free State) malaise manifesting itself in so many unpleasant ways in our society today * . Anything that we could do or the (State) Defence Forces could be involved in doing to cure that would be a high national (sic) priority " , said the man , speaking in Leinster House in June 1983 . ( * '1169...' Comment - that "malaise" is caused by those self-same political leeches that reside in Leinster House : they are the cause of it , not the "cure" for it.)

The (State) Defence Forces "...curing.." the "...national malaise.." ? This sounds more like Generals Pinochet or Zia than 'General' Paddy Cooney ! Such bright ideas from the midland solicitor do not raise too many eyebrows with the Irish public at present : but they must sow seed of thought - and ambition - in the ranks of young (State) Army Officers ....... ('1169...' Comment - this corrupt wee Statelet really deserves to be screwed if it's "young Army Officers" are anyway anxious to 'grow up' to be like their political masters!)


There is a crisis among the Gardai in Kerry and it is much deeper than one of morale . For years the Kerry Detective force has enjoyed a free hand in dealing with Section 30 cases in this heavily Republican county .
But the free rein given in these cases has had the inevitably corrupting effect . Now individual Gardai are being fingered for conduct that most of them had taken for normal : the heat is now on . Only the fall-guys remain to be named .
From 'The Phoenix' magazine , February 1985 .

Aside altogether from the Kerry Babies case , there is a mounting catalogue of controversial incidents involving Gardai throughout the Kerry division in the years up to , and including , 1984 : there is evidence of Garda brutality - sometimes quite casual brutality . In addition , there is evidence of abuse of powers , intimidation of citizens , and of malpractice in constructing cases which has already brought the Kerry Gardai into conflict with the State DPP .

The following catalogue of controversial cases is by no means exhaustive ; it is simply representative of the types of cases that have built up to the current crisis in the division - once again , they point to the necessity for a complaints procedure so long promised , and so long delayed , by the present (State) Minister for Justice .

The Emmet Walsh Case -
Emmet Walsh was arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act , in April 1982 , and taken to Tralee Garda Station , Kerry , where , he says , he was asked to sign a confession : he had no previous arrests , and is a college graduate , indicating some degree of articulateness . Furthermore , his father is a retired Garda Inspector : in short , Walsh's background was as different from 'the usual' as is possible .

Emmet Walsh alleges that he was beaten by named Detectives and , on his release , had the sense to make straight for the doctor . Complaints were duly made and the incident was investigated by a Garda Superintendent .......

From 'The Phoenix' magazine , October 1985 .

Recently , Eoghan Harris has helped out on the planned production of a film based on 'Up In The Park', the boring reminiscences of Liz Shannon , the boring wife of the former boring United States Ambassador to Ireland . And only last week , the Eoghan and Anne team were giving a polite lecture on politics and literature at the Arts Club in Dublin .

But as Anne Harris emerges ever more to the forefront of the partnership , Eoghan retreats into the provincial Ireland he loves to loathe - like Noel Browne , he is spending more time in his country retreat , privately fulminating against the body politic and the ignorance of those who vote 'Yahoos' into office . Writing plays - even bad plays - is one antidote for this malaise ; the other is to put his own pet theories and his reputation to the real test that they deserve - on the hustings in an election .