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Friday, September 08, 2006

These files are now coming under the scrutiny of the 'authorities' . Heads will role . But whose ?
From 'New Hibernia' magazine , April 1987 .

Last August , Lt Col John Morgan of G2 (Security) Section of Irish (Free State) Military Intelligence obtained a file listing detailed allegations about the co-operation of members of the State security forces with dirty tricks carried out in the Irish Republic (sic - the 26 county State/Free State) - the dossier named three serving detectives in the Garda Siochana , an assortment of British military and civilian intelligence men , and a Garda officer who claimed : " We (the gardai who were co-operating with British intelligence) are more afraid of our own politicians . They're the ones you can't trust . "

Last week , six months after the allegations that named individuals who had conspired in murder , kidnaps and probably committed treason , not one of them had been interviewed about the claims which came from Captain Fred Holroyd and Captain Colin Wallace , two former intelligence men in the North of Ireland . The names of four men alleged to be behind the Dublin bombings of 1974 and the RUC detective sergeant who co-operated with them were also in the file obtained by G2 . None of these had been interviewed by last week , yet the then (Free State) Justice Minister , Fine Gael's Alan Dukes , had dismissed the Wallace/Holroyd claims .

Now an investigation has been ordered by (Free State) Taoiseach Charles Haughey (Fianna Fail) : its purpose - to find out who stopped the investigation last August , and why the Wallace/Holroyd claims have been dismissed in State ministerial briefings despite the failure to investigate . There is a distinct fear in some security circles in Dublin that when the riddle of the Wallace/Holroyd File is solved , more than one head will role and that some detectives could end up behind bars.......

Allegations of Garda brutality only hit the headlines intermittently . But the problem may be much more widespread than most people imagine . Last year out-of-court settlements of cases involving members of the Garda cost the taxpayer over €1 million . What's going on ?
From 'MAGILL' magazine , April 2003 .
By Mairead Carey.

Few of those cases ever make the headlines : what happened to Grainne and Ciara Walsh (scroll to post #18) was an exception .

The two sisters were walking up Grafton Street in Dublin with friends in the early hours of 25 April 1998 when an unmarked Garda car reversed towards them ; in an attempt to alert the gardai , one of the sisters , Grainne , a fashion designer from Castleknock in Dublin , banged on the boot of the car . She was arrested and thrown into the back of a Garda van and , when her sister objected , she , too , was arrested . On the journey to Pearse Street Garda Barracks , Grainne Walsh claimed she was held by her hair , while a garda knelt on her back . She claimed the garda continuously moved her , shook her , lifted her up by the hair and banged her down again .

She claimed that when the van stopped , the garda put one hand on her head and , as the door opened , pushed her head forward suddenly as he let go of her wrists , ensuring that she had no chance of using her feet to step down from the van . She alleged that she fell head-first to the ground and landed on her chin . She also claimed that she was then pulled by the arms through the doorway to the garda station , that she was on her knees and that she ripped her trousers as she was pulled . Friends of the sisters , who had witnessed the incident, immediately went to Pearse Street Garda Barracks to complain . One was offered a lift to the garda station by a sympathetic garda .

In the station , the sisters were put in the same cell by a garda sergeant , who apologised to them , and assured them that no charges would be brought : a doctor was called to look at Grainne Walsh's injuries . The duo were released after a few hours . But that was not the end of the matter as far as the Gardai were concerned.......

Vincent Browne is the nearest thing to Robert Maxwell that Ireland has got - in style , if not in scale .
From 'PHOENIX' magazine , 1985.

Vincent Browne's biggest scoop came in the celebrated interview with Dominic McGlinchey over a year ago : that particular exclusive was on his desk some days before Browne conducted his own interview with McGlinchey , and came from a journalist who had interviewed the INLA boss earlier in the month . But the editor disapproved of the interview or , more particularly , he did not like the byline on the piece - it was not his own !

'Mad Dog' Browne wanted to face 'Mad Dog' McGlinchey himself : in the event , McGlinchey and friends were incensed with the piece which , although relatively flattering , was regarded as felon setting . Then , fearing that Vincent Browne might be subpoena'd to give evidence in Dublin's Special Criminal Court if Dominic McGlinchey was acquitted in the North of Ireland , the IRSP denied that the interview ever took place . The INLA went further and telephoned Browne , advising him that an appearance in court , North or South , would be positively unhealthy .

Those journalists who do enjoy Browne's approval are guaranteed maximum coverage in the newspaper as well as a 23-hours-a-day workload : others have been shunned and either have left out of disillusionment or have rotted away at their desks. The restaurant cleavage in the staff has left the editor surrounded with a few acolytes and the rest who either fear or dislike him . Only the regular and dramatic confrontations with the NUJ chapel unite the editorial staff ! The 'top tier' in the newspaper did not escape , either.......