The Indo today adds more details:
http://www.independent.ie/national-n...s-3277181.htmlIAN Bailey has claimed that a former member of an Garda Siochana told him that two other officers had fixed a recording device to a mast near his home to carry out phone-tapping without the necessary legal authority.
Speaking at his home in Toormore, in west Cork , Bailey said that he had received information very recently, that "as far back as early 1997" he and his partner Jules Thomas, "were subjected to unauthorised, illegal phone tapping"
Lucky they didn't nail a bean Garda with big ears to the slates on the roof. 'Don't worry Siobhan there's a childcap on the flask of soup and a grand big dollop of mushtard on the hang sangwiches'.
'Just lie there and think of Ireland, Siobhan. We'll be back with the pliers n the morning after he's cleared off to work'.
Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.
Thanks to DCon there on the Today's Papers thread I see the Mail has an exclusive saying that the 'elite Garda cold case unit' has 'launched a high-powered attempt to catch Sophie Toscan du Plantier's murderer.
Det Super Christy Mangan is meeting members of the Du Plantier family to 'outline his plans'
It could hardly be that government people are worried about another case of those inconvenient foreigners kicking up a fuss about the standards of Irish investigations, could it?
Update by John Mooney in the ST today. Former DPP, James Hamilton, who retired in 2011, has been interviewed by Gsoc investigators in relation to an internal report written by his officials in 2001. The report claimed that Gardai acted illegally during the Toscan du Plantier investigation and only came to light when the High Court ruled in 2011 that Ian Bailey should be extradited to France.
An investigation by the Garda 'cold case' unit into the murder is continuing.
"I have never killed a man but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure". Clarence Darrow
It seems the upshot was that there was nothing untoward about the original murder investigation. Case quietly buried again.
Update from the IT today:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...330869593.htmlLawyers for Ian Bailey want court orders requiring the Garda and State to hand over documents which they say support claims of malice against Mr Bailey in the Garda investigation into the murder in west Cork in 1996 of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
Mr Bailey’s solicitor Frank Buttimer said materials disclosed by the State for Mr Bailey’s successful appeal against extradition suggested at least one senior garda may have tried to put pressure on the DPP to prosecute Mr Bailey.
Ian Bailey was on Liveline today(Thursday) talking about property tax for some obscure reason.
Didn't hear it.
I still wonder who has paid/is paying his legal fees and his University fees, he was a freelance journalist and did a bit of gardening work.....
Well some mature student/s might get some free fees as it may amount of half of it or a quarter. Although not all mature students get it. I used to see him around in university as he was a big lumbering giant, who had kept to himself at that time.
All I know about him is that he seems to have experienced a dreadful injustice at the hands of the Gardaí and the State. He also seems to have been violent to his girlfriend and possibly to have been said some foolish things.
The Gardai appear to have played fast and loose in a similar way to the Donegal carry on.
Is there anything I am missing about him ?
“ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
— Jean-Paul Sartre