I met an old friend today and I mentioned something about the boys in blue, the Garda Siocana. And we spoke of justice.
A mentally handicapped girl was sexually assaulted near St. Johns Rd I wrote 3 letters to the Garda HQ and to the place that the girl was going to at the time. I got a few replies and one bright lad told me that unless they could actually see it happen there was nothing they could do. My reply to him was that it is just as well that he is not in the murder squad.
So I told this to my friend and his reply was that a young schoolgirl was raped and she had bruises all over her body.
She went to the Garda station in Raheny where she made a statement and a doctor came and took samples.
She heard nothing and went back and was told that there were no witnesses and she should forget it. She persisted and the local priest intervened and told her that if she pressed this that people find out about it would be talking about her behind her back and be laughing at her and she could never find a husband.
"Just forget it " So she finally did.
That was 30 years ago and only a short time ago the mystery was solved.
The man who raped her was the younger brother of the Garda that she reported the assault to.
She will not fight it now as time has moved on.
Justice is a hard won fight.
You need a police force to investigate the police.
I has a lovely lesbian couple who had been through the rigors of the RCMP,
they spoke of how their love was discouraged an many ways.
One of them progressed and was in charge of investigating fraud within the force.
She would go in, tap the phones and computers and plant listening devices in police cars and under desks. If they accessed her records she came up as a rookie, but in fact she was one of the highest ranking officers in the entire Canadian police force.
This is so they could not pull rank on her and impede her investigations.
They gave me a bottle opener with a Canadian flag on it.
I still have it among my souvenirs