Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Sunday Independent has established that the source of the intelligence was not a registered informant or covert human intelligence source, but rather a retired garda. - See more at:

Thursday, September 25, 2014


The Dail’s spending watchdog has criticised the practice of gardai conducting internal reports into contentious issues in the aftermath of the penalty points debacle.  Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness said: “The day of internal reports or secret reports is over.”He made the comments at a meeting of the PAC this morning after another committee member, Shane Ross, described an internal report on the penalty points issue by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony as being “soft on the gardai”.Mr Ross said gardai should “never again” be able to do an internal report, suggesting serious issues should be the subject of outside scrutiny.Mr O’Mahony’s report found no evidence of corruption or deception, but recommended three senior members of the force face disciplinary proceedings. – See more at:

Monday, September 22, 2014

How corruption costs us more than just money -

How corruption costs us more than just money - Independent.ieOnly a handful of errant politicians and public officials have ever been jailed. The cost to the people of Ireland is more than money. The apparent immunity of people engaged in corruption has undermined public confidence in the rule of law and the effectiveness of government and administration. - See more at:
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

ECAN bulletin issue 23, June 2014 3
Brinsford: A prison of filth and failure
Following a damning report by HMInspectorate of Prisons (23 April), ChiefInspector Nick Hardwick named Brinsfordprison as the worst prison he has comeacross during his tenure. Responding to thereport, Chief Executive of the HowardLeague Frances Crook said
“This report
should also be a wake-up call formagistrates who need to stop sendingteenagers to dangerous and failing
 and should instead make useof robust and effective communitysentences run by probation services and
available in their local areas”
. The reportfinds higher rates of self-harm than otherprisons, unsafe arrival procedures, and 15out of an earlier 18 recommendations still tobe met

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The former Secretary General at the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, resigned from his office on 28 July last.
Purcell resigned following a damning report that found a ‘closed, secretive, silo-driven culture’ at the department with ‘significant leadership and management problems.’
I rang the Dept. of Justice today for an update on Mr. Purcell’s position and experienced that closed, secretive culture at first hand.
I eventually got on to a civil servant who has not yet being infected with the secrecy virus.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


ENCOURAGECHANGE,.Mr Pringle told the minister that not only had the judge used confidential information obtained from gardai to sway a court, but that the information used was incorrect. - See more at: - See more at:

Monday, September 8, 2014

For Deaf Children |  | Oconnellpadd13's Blog,“For deaf children, there can often be "No Cry For Help”. Until today, this story has remained a secret. Some fear it is just the tip of something much uglier and that the abuse of deaf children across the country is far more widespread.?AND WHEN THERE IS A CRY FOR HELP DO THEY GET IT???????CHECK”ALL”REPUBLIC  OF  IRELAND’S ABUSE HELP LINES? - See more at:

Monday, September 1, 2014

The segregation of prisoners in jail is important. It is a great mistake from every point of view to permit young prisoners who have lapsed for the first time to get into the company of those who are regular customers of our prisons. - See more at: - See more at:
GIVEN the scalp rate to date, you'd think the worst was over for the various arms of the State's security apparatuses. The scandals that swamped the Department of Justice and the gardai earlier this year have taken out a Garda Commissioner, a justice minister and came close to toppling the garda watchdog, while a senior civil servant is walking wounded and the Department he presided over got a kicking for being secretive with the public and obsequious with gardai. And it's not over yet. - See more at:
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