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The Mexicanisation Of Irish Policing

Armed and armoured officers of a Regional Support Unit in the Garda Síochána
Armed and armoured officers of a Regional Support Unit in the Garda Síochána


For at least four decades allegations of systemic corruption have swirled around sections of An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police service. These have stretched from repeated claims of undue influence by and cover-ups on behalf of the main establishment parties, the press and major business interests to long-standing suspicions of individual links to the country’s rising criminal underworld (not to mention senior members of the Gardaí acting as paid agents for foreign intelligence services since the 1970s, apparently with the full knowledge of successive Irish governments). As I wrote early last year:

“The importation, sale and production of illegal narcotics generates huge revenues for organised criminal gangs and their associates in most nation-states across the Western world. These black-market operations do not exist in isolation but are part of far larger networks of co-operation that exist on both domestic and international levels. Truly successful “narco-gangs” survive in part because they have suborned a significant portion of the citizenry: specifically those in positions of power and influence, and those who can impede or facilitate their criminal enterprises. This has been observed in several Latin American nations, in Asia, in Africa and in a number of European territories. So can we really believe repeated assurances that our island nation (where several underworld gangs have diversified or morphed into narco-terrorist organisations, deploying automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices and no end of willing recruits), is free of corruption or undue influences in the spheres of politics, policing and the judiciary?”

Is it any surprise that in such a situation independent politician Mick Wallace TD can legitimately make the claims he did in An Dáil during the week? Claims which the vast majority of the news media have shied away from or simply ignored altogether.

1 comment on “The Mexicanisation Of Irish Policing

  1. ar an sliabh

    I think we are suffering more from a “Mexicanisation” of our courts and the administrative portions of our justice system. The Garda arrest and bring in a lot of criminals who are then immediately released. The next thing that happens is that the wives of Garda are attacked in their homes. Even after that happens, there is no punishment. The Garda know exactly who is who in the criminal world but virtually non-existent punishment just turns them into a small speed-bump for the criminal money-making machine. I can see how the inability to have any effect and only be a documenting body can breed dissatisfaction, low morale, and in the end surrender to the inevitable. This is often key to public corruption. When one can’t change it, why not collect part of the revenue? Not that it is ethical, but for the weaker in morale it is a fruit that just hangs too low to be ignored. Add to that, that the regular thug would think twice about hurting the family of someone “connected,” It is actually a credit to the force that corruption is not even more rampant.


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