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Meeting Report: Unaccountable and Unacceptable Gardaí

category national | crime and justice | feature author Friday November 30, 2007 16:16author by Seán Ryan Report this post to the editors

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Another Death and Nothing Gives Yet

A meeting with representatives of the Rossiter family, the Wheelock family, the maloney family and the families of Rossport Co. Mayo who ask an audience of more than 200 people why the Garda Síochána are above the law.

Tonight at the Royal Dublin Hotel more than 200 people turned up to support the Wheelock family, the Maloney Family, the Rossiter family, the besieged people of Rossport and to voice their fears and feelings regarding the fact that An Garda Síochana are a law unto themselves and that they act without fear of punishment or condemnation.

audio The Panel 8.57 Mb audio The Audience 15.14 Mb

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Eamonn Dunphy who’d ‘chipped a tooth’ was unable to come. This did not take from the meeting itself. First to speak from the panel was John Maloney whose son - also called John, had been arrested and shortly thereafter had been found a short distance from the Garda station where he was held, in a coma.

John never regained consciousness and died 13 days later, leaving a family who loved him without answers or comfort. John’s father told the hushed audience that the gardaí had arrested his son even though there was no charge against him after they had performed a fruitless ‘routine’ drugs search.

Next to speak was a representative of the Rossiter family from Tipperary. The Rossiter’s had been unable to make the meeting and sent their apologies to the people who attended the meeting and also their support and solidarity. The Rossiter’s too lost a young son, who did nothing wrong or unlawful either, and who died in similar circumstances to John Maloney. Again neither the State nor the Gardaí have offered a reasonable account of what happened.

John Monaghan, representing the people of Rossport and Shell To Sea spoke next. In quiet tones he explained to the audience that he was unlike the other people on the panel, in that he hoped to prevent the same thing that had happened to the other families from happening in the future in Rossport. John informed us that the Gardaí have avoided, for the most part, arresting those who engaged in protest in Rossport, in the hope that they’d not help create any ‘martyrs,’ to use a term that John quoted the Gardaí as having used - and in print too. Instead the Gardaí have resorted to the use of savagery on behalf of the multinational that they have become the private enforcers for.

The last person to speak from the panel was Larry Wheelock. Larry gave a brief description of the events leading to the death of his young brother in Garda custody. Larry’s young brother was assaulted by the Gardaí before they got him to the Garda station and again when they got him there. He’d been arrested under suspicion of having supposedly stolen a car. He was never charged and now he too is dead. Again no satisfactory answers from either the State or the Gardaí are forthcoming.

When Larry finished speaking the microphone was given to the floor. People are angry. People are hurt. We have been betrayed and nobody in authority wants to acknowledge it.

I recorded this meeting and have uploaded it so those who wish to witness what was spoken of may do so. I’ve broken the audio into two parts, the first deals with what the panel had to say and the second is what happened when the mic went around the audience. An emotional and heartfelt meeting - what will come of it?

audio The Panel 8.57 Mb

audio The Audience 15.14 Mb

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   people are frustrated     peter carrol    Fri Nov 30, 2007 14:41 
   i shot the sherriff     answers    Fri Nov 30, 2007 21:29 
   Sean Ryan's contribution     attendee    Fri Nov 30, 2007 22:36 
   attendee     Seán Ryan    Fri Nov 30, 2007 23:15 
   typical of naive sean     attendee    Sat Dec 01, 2007 01:02 
   Give me a break on the anglo saxon     seedot    Sat Dec 01, 2007 01:40 
   There there.     Seán Ryan    Sat Dec 01, 2007 01:59 
   never mind the B*ll*cks     Chrissie    Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:58 
   A Police State     paul o toole    Sat Dec 01, 2007 18:05 
 10   Gardai are corrupt     We have a bad government    Sat Dec 01, 2007 20:04 
 11   The role of the gardai (and the police worldwide)     ...    Sat Dec 01, 2007 22:18 
 12   Level Ground     Seán Ryan    Sun Dec 02, 2007 01:21 
 13   Police brutality is the issue     paul o toole    Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:05 
 14   France     Shane    Sun Dec 02, 2007 22:38 
 15   Social and Economic Disadvantage     Informed    Mon Dec 03, 2007 01:54 
 16   So its not their fault they stole the bike???     Jim Davis    Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:32 
 17   Please use your head.     Informed    Tue Dec 04, 2007 19:01 
 18   answers???????????????     steve biko    Thu Dec 06, 2007 17:37 
 19   Response to Informed     Jim Davis    Sat Dec 08, 2007 22:33 
 20   response to jim davis     paul    Mon Dec 10, 2007 16:16 
 21   serve the people     Sean    Fri Dec 14, 2007 01:32 
 22   Bad cop, worse cop     Fearbolg    Fri Dec 14, 2007 17:52 
 23   time for a fitness test     rory    Sun Dec 30, 2007 15:54 
 24   information     john    Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:55 
 25   Excuses     Cath    Fri Jan 04, 2008 00:32 
 26   Ombudsman     Jim Davis    Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:42 
 27   to answers jim davis assertians     noel    Mon Jan 07, 2008 15:46 
 28   Incompetent Garda     Joe Reid    Mon Jan 07, 2008 16:46 
 29   message for joe reid     observer    Thu Jan 10, 2008 14:52 
 30   bullshit     the reporter    Fri Apr 11, 2008 19:25 
 31   young lad     report    Fri Apr 11, 2008 23:32 
 32   salient facts     pensioner    Sat Apr 12, 2008 01:01 
 33   report     eyes open    Sat Apr 12, 2008 01:33 
 34   but not quite to whole truth     pensioner    Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:59 
 35   Pensioner     95thesis    Sun Apr 13, 2008 19:28 

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