The state trumpets every drugs seizure as a major victory over the barons. But the war against drugs is really a murky world characterised by botched operations , questionable use of informers and ego-driven squabbles between the Garda Siochana and customs officials.
Mairead Carey gets the inside story.
From ‘MAGILL’ magazine , August 2002.
A seizure of €1.4 million worth of cigarettes from a lorry stopped outside Clara , County Offaly , three weeks ago, has also annoyed Customs : cigarette-smuggling is the preserve of the Revenue Commissioners , they say – according to customs officers , no intelligence information was passed on to Customs prior to the haul by the ‘National Drugs Unit’.
Since the find, the cigarettes have been stored at a Garda Barracks in Tullamore , County Offaly, when Customs say they should have been immediately handed over to them : ” There are lines in the sand and when they are crossed it inevitably creates tension. We are living in an era of glory-hunting but we should be working together , but egos and private agendas are preventing this , ” says one customs officer , ” Customs are supposedly the frontline defence in terms of drug enforcement, but we are constantly undermined by the gardai.”
Another customs officer says he has come across one case already this year where a drug runner who was hauled in by Customs was found in possession of a phone number of a member of the ‘National Drug Unit’ – ” When you ask the gardai they deny that they are the handlers. What can you do ? It’s the whole Declan Griffin thing all over again, “ he says…….
THE PETER BERRY PAPERS……. The Top Secret Memoirs of Ireland’s Most Powerful Civil Servant : Dirty Tricks, Election ’69/ Spying on a Unionist Politician/ Keeping the (State) Taoiseach informed/ The Garda Fallon Murder/ Advice to Jack Lynch- ‘Fire the pair of them…’/ Vivion De Valera’s advice to O’Malley/ Rumours of a Coup D’Etat/ The Internment Plot, November 1970/ Secret Meeting with William Craig.
From ‘MAGILL’ magazine , June 1980.
” When I picked up the phone I recognised Mr Haughey’s voice with which I was familiar. He said – “You know about the cargo that is coming into Dublin Airport on Sunday?” , to which I replied ‘Yes. Minister’. “Can it be let through on a guarantee that it will go direct to the North?” I answered ‘No’ , to which Mr Haughey replied – “I think that is a bad decision.” I made no comment , and he asked “Does the man from Mayo know?” to which I stated ‘Yes’ He asked “What will happen to it when it arrives?” and I replied ‘It will be grabbed’.
“I had better have it called off ” , he commented. I made cryptic notes there and then in my personal diary , and also made notes of a phone call immediately afterwards from Chief Superintendent Malone of C3 , Garda HQ. In the Department of Justice on Monday 20th April , I made expanded entries of these notes in a Departmental file and those notes were seen on that day by some of my senior colleagues.
Immediately after my conversation with Mr Haughey I had a call with Chief Superintendent Malone…….”
ALL LEGITIMATE CONSENT REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO WITHHOLD CONSENT…….
Those with an open mind in relation to casting a ballot may be interested in the following ‘NOTA’-type positions that exist in other jurisdictions :
“None of the Above (NOTA) or against all is a ballot choice in some jurisdictions or organizations, placed so as to allow the voter to indicate his disapproval with all of the candidates in any voting system. It is based on the principle that all legitimate consent requires the ability to withhold consent, allowing voters to withhold their consent in an election to office, just as they can by voting no on ballot questions….”
I particularly like the term – ‘….all legitimate consent requires the ability to withhold consent..’ ; unfortunately , the ‘powers-that-be’ in this corrupt State have long-since turned their back on ‘legitimate consent’.
“The Election Commission (EC) of Bangladesh disclosed a draft proposal few weeks back for introducing a system for casting ‘No Vote’ in parliamentary elections to express voters’ lack of confidence in the contesting candidates in a constituency…..”
“…to express voters’ lack of confidence in the contesting candidates in a constituency..” – a good point : was ‘one man,one vote’ (sic) secured to demand that a voter should vote for a candidate that that voter had no faith in ? I don’t think so , although those ‘in power’ do , or so it seems…..
RSF 107th ARD FHEIS 2011 ….
The Republican Movement will hold its 107th Ard Fheis on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2011 – at which 166 resolutions , from Ireland and abroad, will be debated – in a Dublin venue : whilst those behind this blog offer our congrats and ‘Best Wishes’ to Republican Sinn Féin , we won’t be there : there is another ‘RSF VIP’ event being held elsewhere in Dublin on that same weekend (bad timing or wha’!) and we have been requested to give a hand with same – ‘more later’ , as they (we!) say…. !
Thanks for reading,