"Any member or civilian employee of An Garda Síochána who wishes to report in confidence about corruption and malpractice can be assured that any such report will be taken seriously and extensive protections will be given to him or her"
Alan Shatter. June 14, 2011
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
Secrecy is for losers. For people who do not know how important the information really is.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Secrecy: The American Experience (1998)
Mary O'Rourke has said something very interesting and revealing about what Tom Gilmartin was up against when giving evidence about what was done to him. You might remember that he gave evidence about being brought to meet a number of Cabinet ministers in February 1989, a meeting which one after another of them denied happening or remembering. He was put through a torrid cross-examination by Ahern's counsel, Conor Maguire SC - who even demanded to know Gilmartin's description of the room's length (which he had given in yards) in metres!
Then Mary O'Rourke gave evidence and lo and behold it turns out the meeting did happen and that Gilmartin wasn't mad. She remembered it and she remembered it in detail.
Yesterday she spoke of her vindication by the Tribunal report. And not just that...
http://www.westmeathindependent.ie/n...bunal-report-/She said the day after giving evidence to the Tribunal she was "upbraided" by other Fianna Fail TDs and Senators because her evidence "was causing trouble" for Mr Ahern and the party.
"The response I always gave them was that I told the truth because if I hadn't told the truth it would have been perjury. That usually stopped them in their tracks," she said.
Her experience describes the gombeen mindset of the last decade perfectly. Gilmartin didn't have a hope...
Man of the year - Tom Gilmartin?
If dreams were lightning, thunder was desire, this whole place would have burned down, a long time ago.