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category clare | crime and justice | opinion/analysis author Thursday June 10, 2010 18:27author by cathriona barker - none at the moment Report this post to the editors


Hi My name is Cathriona, i was assaulted by the guards in May of 2007, and, ever since the Gardai have formed a vendetta against me, all because i talked to the Garda Ombudsman Commission, (GSOC). Whom i migth add are only smoke screens for the Gardai.

On the 14 of May 07, i was walking home from a friends house, on my way home i was threatened by a man that lives beside me, "he told me to fuck of back to Dublin you Dublin Bastard coming down here taking all our Council houses", i told him to get a life that there is plenty of Clare People living in Dublin, he then informed me that he was getting a gang to sort me out. But instead of getting a gang he got the Guards, I was standing in my own front garden when four male Guards attacked me, i was pulled back ways by my hood across a low wall, i was beating, all my bottom cloths were pulled down and, i was jeered that i was not such a big fucken hard woman now, in the attack they broke my left wrist, my right arm was black and blue and i had lumps on my head, my ribs were also very sore. The Guards brought me to Ennis the Garda Station to first, were i was threatened by one of then to say "that i fell across a flower pot and hurt my self and we can still be friends", ("i was never a friend of the Guards they got me put in to Goldenbridge where i was abused left right and center") The Guards then brought me to hospital, when they heard my wrist (WAS) broken one of them said, "O FUCK".

The next day the Garda Ombudsman Commission, called to my home four of them dressed in black suits, one female, big black jeep parked in the housing estate and every one wanting to know what was going, " but still no witness" the gsoc went door to door looking witness but suprise suprise we had a deaf and dumb community that night. One year later i recieved a letter from the gsoc stating " NO WRONG DOING ON BEHALF OF THE GARDAI CASE CLOSED". In the year my case was with the gsoc, the Guards In Ennis conjured charges against me, they told lies about me, they turned members of the public against me and got them to lie in the witness box, i have lost my home, i had to move out i could not take any more of the harrassment from the Guards, they tried to stop a mediator that took part in the good friday talks in the north of Ireland from having any thing to do with me, they asked Judges to lock me up.I made complaints to the gsoc and in turn the gsoc have barred me from making any complaints to them, they branded me a seril complainer, so the gsoc have left me at the mercy of Ennis Garda Station, i have told most TDs of my ordeal including the minister for justice i will end by saying shame on the lot of the Gardai and the GSOC.

If there is any one reading this that knows any thing about the cheek of the gsoc branding me a serial complainer please post any info on to this site, as i would fear to leave my number as the Guards might use it to get at me again the low life scum bags woman beaters. Shame on the GARDAI and there little pals the GSOC.

author by Neviepublication date Fri Jun 11, 2010 14:10Report this post to the editors

I'm very sorry to hear that you were treated in this manner in Clare. I being a Clarewoman have seen the lazy policing of this town over the past number of years. If your not an easy target, they're not going to bring things to justice. I cannot offer any help unfortunately, but i do hear that the Superintendent that is currently in Ennis is both fair and precise. Have you dealt with this new Super?

If all else fails, hopefully we can meet to discuss the revolution this country needs! Best of luck with your cause and keep positive. As me ma always says theres no road without a turn. In future have your camera/voice recorded to hand.

author by Old codger - pensionerpublication date Fri Jun 11, 2010 15:02Report this post to the editors

I am also very sorry to read of your abuse by these thugs. Unfortunately you are one of many people that have been abused in this manner. Fianna Fail have created many illusions to fool the people and cover up for their crimes the garda ombudsman commission is just one of these scams. The people of Erris who have also been asaulted and abused, were told by the representative of the gsoc that their findings are subject to aproval by the minister for justice and the DPP both connected to Fianna Fail.
The Gardai have been encouraged and indeed ordered to use violence and they know that they can and will not recieve punishment for doing whatever they like.
My advise to you is to keep all details and names of Garda who abused you and maybe when we get rid of the Fianna fail criminals, you and others can expose the crimes of these garda thugs and cowards.
If a new government fails to change the corrupt scams that have been created by Fianna Fail, they will have to be made to by the people.

author by Connemara Man.publication date Fri Jun 11, 2010 20:10Report this post to the editors

"The next day the Garda Ombudsman Commission, called to my home four of them dressed in black suits, one female, big black jeep parked in the housing estate".

Garda Cars are "High Visibility" by law.
(Except for obvious cases of utmost seriousness which involves firearms.)

The Gadai do not drive in "black jeeps".
Neither do they arrive in "black suits".

They have better things to be doing.

Bad and all as the country is, Ireland is not Russia circa. 1955.

author by Jacqueline Fallonpublication date Fri Jun 11, 2010 21:04Report this post to the editors


You should report the incident above to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties if you have not done so already.


Irish Council for Civil Liberties (“ICCL”)
9-13 Blackhall Place
Dublin 7
Ph: +353-1-799 4504
Fax: +353-1-799 4512
Email: info@iccl.ie

Also, it is no harm to go onto the ICCL’s web site and read up on your rights, so you are aware of them going forward. You can legally download leaflets from their site, which give useful information on your rights.

Related link:

I don’t know what sort of legal representation you got, but it is no harm to write a letter to the ICCL giving details of those involved and setting out the sequence of events in detail.

No member of the Garda Síochána has a right to physically or mentally abuse any Irish citizen, but of course they do and there is a long history of it (e.g. Michael Lynagh (RIP) an innocent man driven to death by gardaí, a prime and appalling example of garda brutality at its worse). Indeed, gardaí publicly applaud and/or excuse this sort of depraved behaviour. Some years ago, on a news report around the time the Provisionals decommissioned its arsenal, I was shocked to hear a former senior member of the gardaí, celebrity garda, retired Detective Gerry O’Carroll, applaud the work of morally bankrupt nature of some gardaí who regularly beat the shite out of Irish Republicans - I thought that was a criminal offence myself, but then I am a conscientious person and I like everyone to have rights - unlike him.

In recent years, I attended a commemoration for the 10 brave hunger strikers, and was handed an abortion leaflet by a morally deficient young garda - I emphasise young, because at the time I was considering taking some action, but because of his age, I just considered him just a bit of an idiot and more trouble than he was worth, to be honest.

Best wishes to you and I hope you can move forward and some day put all this behind you - as, unfortunately, you can not reform the morally bankrupt, but you can do your best to make it as uncomfortable for them as possible.

Ádh mór ort!

author by cathriona Barker - Garda Vendettapublication date Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:24Report this post to the editors

Hi Cathriona here,

I would like to answer the persons question that signed in as "not a user", regarding the Guards do not drive jeeps and they do not wear suits,

yes you are correct the Guards do not drive black jeeps and they do not wear black suits, But i never said they did, i said the Garda Ombudsman Commission were driving a black jeep and they wear black suits, plus they also wear the ID tag hanging around there necks just like the FBI do, the garda ombudsman commission are not the Gardai they are smoke screens for the Gardai, with one head Office in Abby Street in Dublin.


I would like to thank the person that signed in as Nevie, thank you for your comment. yes i would go along with you regarding one of the Superintendents in Ennis Garda Station, Supe John Kerns seems to be a nice man and a understanding type of person, i would call him a good "cop", but sorry i can not say the same thing about Supe John Scanlon, it were him that started this vendetta against me, he is full of hate " well towards me any way" he does not like me because i told the (GSOC) the truth about his station.

author by Caobhinpublication date Sat Jun 12, 2010 13:54Report this post to the editors

The Gadai do not drive in "black jeeps".
Neither do they arrive in "black suits".

Not the uniformed ones but the secret ones can and do at all times of day or night

They have better things to be doing.

Yep, Shells profits and Anglo-Irish Banks cesspit don't protect themselves.

USSR 1955 my arse - we should be so lucky..,.

author by Born Lucky.publication date Sat Jun 12, 2010 14:31Report this post to the editors

USSR 1955 my arse - we should be so lucky

Yes we are lucky.

author by Caobhinpublication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 22:01Report this post to the editors

The USSR in 1955 had just divested itself of a paranoid meglomaniac and was embarking on a period of liberalisation.
The 26 counties in 2010 are stuck with a rancid circle of meglomaniacs and are embarking on a period of cannibal capitalism.

Lucky us.

author by Evil Capitalist.publication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 22:42Report this post to the editors

"The 26 counties in 2010 are stuck with a rancid circle of meglomaniacs and are embarking on a period of cannibal capitalism. Lucky us"

Lucky Us.

Depression Ireland today is still staggeringly wealthy thanks to cannibal capitalism.

Ireland today is still one of the wealthiest countries the world has ever known.

author by DTpublication date Mon Jun 14, 2010 00:31Report this post to the editors

Hi Caitriona,
If all you allege to have happened did in fact happen that is very regrettable and its a shame that some guards would behave in such a way.

However, I think you are going over the top in calling 'the lot of them' 'thugs...woman beater' etc etc.
There are a lot of very diligent and commmited Gardai in the force and to paint them all with same brush is ridiculous.

author by cathrioan barkerpublication date Mon Jun 14, 2010 09:44Report this post to the editors

I would like to answer the comment the person signed in as DT, i am talking about the guards in Ennis garda station, not every station across the country, plus i was beating up by four male guards so yes they are woman beaters, "what would you call them???.

author by Anon. Anarchistpublication date Mon Jun 14, 2010 17:07Report this post to the editors

"Depression Ireland today is still staggeringly wealthy thanks to cannibal capitalism.
Ireland today is still one of the wealthiest countries the world has ever known"

Yeah, if you happen to be one of the top 5% in turns of wealth.
There ARE vast amounts of wealth in this country but it is very unevenly distributed and the standards of living for ordinary people are dropping .....
To Catriona,

I've also been beaten, harassed, followed and abused by the Gardaí. I have no advice on how to the best way to deal with it, as all legal means are fruitless.

Best of luck with what ever course of action you take.

author by Solicitor.publication date Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:44Report this post to the editors

"I've also been beaten, harassed, followed and abused by the Gardaí."

Why would the well trained Guards bother to lay themselves open to accusations?

There are plenty of money grabbing solicotors who who would take on this case at no cost if they think it has a grain of truth.

(The solicitor takes a big cut out of any compo.)

And so does the accuser.

author by Cathriona Barkerpublication date Wed Jun 16, 2010 18:29Report this post to the editors

I would like to comment on the comment that the "person signed as a solicitor wrote". Money grabbing solicitors would jump at my case at no cost "if there were a grain of truth in it, my comment back to you is, "are you saying i am not telling the truth about been beating up by four male guards"???. I was beating up and i can prove it, you say you were harressed and followed so on, can you prove your case???. "if your abuse at the hands of the guards are true" well then you are like the pot calling the kettle black a**.

author by Law Savvy.publication date Fri Jun 18, 2010 20:22Report this post to the editors

"I was beating up and i can prove it."

If you can prove it where is your solicitor?

Why bother Indymedia readers?

author by broken wrist nightpublication date Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:48Report this post to the editors

Answer for MHHH , you asked if i can prove the guards beat me up, and why am i on indymedia were is my solicitor, my solicitor is along side my barrister, if you care to go back and read my true storey you will see that i am looking to find out on indymedia ireland if "any one knows any thing about the Garda Ombudsmn Commission (GSOC) branding a member of the public a serial complainer", i am not looking witness to the assault on me on the 14 of May 07 carried out by four male guards. I am LOOKING help on my civil rights ( Serial complainer) thats all i am looking. I am very sorry to hear of your assault at the hands of the Gardai and i hope you get justice. Hope my answer answers your question. Cathriona.

author by Cathrionapublication date Tue Jun 24, 2014 13:27Report this post to the editors

Hello people, i am still alive and kicking (against) all odds - I've been to hell and back in the past few years. I am still looking witnesses to people been branded serial complainers by (garda ombudsman commission) GSOC - ? also my case is listed with the high court for a personal injuries case- i am also fighting to have this (my) case included in the commission to inquire into Garda corruption and malpractice in the force. "An Injustice any where is a threat to justice everywhere!" !!

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