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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,952 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45


    Not being a great friend of all things communist or socialist.But James Connolly was right.He have swopped the Crown for the Harp and added the Euro star rulership for good measures and seem no better off than we were in 1900.Well maybe..I can now own a horse worth more than 3 pounds.

    "If you want to keep someone away from your house, Just fire the shotgun through the door."

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭gunny123


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    Not being a great friend of all things communist or socialist.But James Connolly was right.He have swopped the Crown for the Harp and added the Euro star rulership for good measures and seem no better off than we were in 1900.Well maybe..I can now own a horse worth more than 3 pounds.

    Communists and socialists ? They are still about the place, never was the term "workers" more openly abused :D. I don't think they agree much with the private ownership of firearms, or anything else for that matter.

    http://www.thejournal.ie/venezuela-protest-dublin-3540356-Aug2017/


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭gunny123


    Chris Packham, BBC know-all and anti, sticks his foot in his gob over Grouse shooting.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/11/alert-saboteurs-urged-disrupt-glorious-twelfth/


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭gunny123


    I'm so glad Dermot Ahern restricted and banned centrefire pistols, its done wonders for public safety around Dublin...............NOT.

    Its like living in dodge city in the 1880's.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/man-30-shot-dead-in-gangland-attack-was-locksmith-with-clean-record-36041416.html

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/pictured-woman-20-charged-over-gun-discovery-on-train-at-connolly-station-36040457.html


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    So, sh*t hitting the fan, scandal after scandal, force in disarray. What do you do?

    Take an "extended leave of absence", look for a job in Europe, avoid all the scandals/investigations, and run off to a cushy job leaving the TDs that have such "confidence" in your abilities with an easy case of filling a vacated role rather than replace a sacked commissioner.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,952 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45


    gunny123 wrote: »
    I'm so glad Dermot Ahern restricted and banned centrefire pistols, its done wonders for public safety around Dublin...............NOT.

    Its like living in dodge city in the 1880's.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/man-30-shot-dead-in-gangland-attack-was-locksmith-with-clean-record-36041416.html

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/pictured-woman-20-charged-over-gun-discovery-on-train-at-connolly-station-36040457.html

    But then again, that most disgusting export from Co Louth even said it at the time it wouldn't stop gun crime.It was him attempting to save us from a "US-style gun culture"[Whatever the Hell that is!]Guess that failed miserably, as Dublin resembles the south side of Chicago these days...The law abiding are prohibited from gun ownership, and only the criminals and cops have guns.

    "If you want to keep someone away from your house, Just fire the shotgun through the door."

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    Was watching a report on SKY news about the Government having 20 million people on facial recognition. "People" are screaming blue murder.

    It struck me as odd that those that have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Cloud, Blog/Vlog, SnapChat and a host of other social media accounts are angry about the Government having their private info on file.

    Now i really don't understand how people, and while it may not be everyone, that broadcast their lives on an hourly basis for all to see have objections when someone/some organisation use info for security. Moreover its faces from the public, the same rights we hear everyone else with a smart phone cry when they video police and other Governmental departments during the course of their duties on public roads/areas.

    I know the conspiracy theorists will be on about them accumulating dossiers on everyone, but FFS if they wanted to know more about people all they have to do is look at their Facebook page and find out where they are, what they are doing, what they are eating, when they took a sh*t, the name of their kids, dogs, parents, friends, the car they drive, etc, etc, etc.

    Can someone explain to me what is the outrageous aspect of this against what is already done by each individual through social media. Or is it just the fact it's "Big Brother" doing it?
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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,038 ✭✭✭✭Sparks


    Well;
    • If you post your details, it's you who does it, by your choice. People get less annoyed by things they have a direct choice in, which they don't have with things like the Gardai in Clane (or advertisers in Dublin) sticking up cameras doing automatic facial recognition.
    • If you do choose to post your details on facebook outside of the US, there are at least some laws governing the processing of that data, so things like automatic facial recognition are banned, you can have your details removed from web searches, and so on.
    • Automatic facial recognition doesn't work on a "I have these two photos, are they the same person" principle, they only work on a mass surveillance principle. Meaning that if you deploy such a system, it is designed to track where and when everyone is, regardless of whether or not you're a suspect in some investigation or not. Apart from treating everyone like prey, that's a principle that's directly counter to the EU regulations on data protection (which outrank our laws).
    • Automatic facial recognition doesn't work in general. At least not very well. You get false positives and false negatives all the time. Especially if you're from the darker end of the ronseal colour swatch. It's the same issue we saw with ballistic fingerprinting.
    • We've already seen AGS admit that Gardai sold data from pulse to criminals; so how much is the information on whether or not you're at home worth to a burglar?
    • Nobody's debated this ahead of time. Not in the Dail, not outside the Dail. It's like Regina Doherty announcing today that the Public Services Card is now mandatory and the moves to make it a national identity card without actually passing a single law to do so. In other words, Ministers making up the law as they go along, while ignoring existing law (so, show up with your driving licence or your passport and it doesn't count as ID anymore, you need your biometric, linked-to-your-phone, tied-to-your-medical-records PSC instead). It's like Dunne-v-Donohue never happened...


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    Sparks wrote: »
    • If you post your details, it's you who does it, by your choice. People get less annoyed by things they have a direct choice in, which they don't have with things like the Gardai in Clane (or advertisers in Dublin) sticking up cameras doing automatic facial recognition.
    So i'm right in what i said above about the outrage coming from such actions being done by someone other than themselves?
    • If you do choose to post your details on facebook outside of the US, there are at least some laws governing the processing of that data, so things like automatic facial recognition are banned, you can have your details removed from web searches, and so on.
    How true is that?

    You often hear the term "once it's out there it can never be taken back". Is it really gone or just gone from the public view and still held on some server somewhere. Again taking into account i'm not a card carrying member of the tin foil hat brigade.
    • Automatic facial recognition doesn't work on a "I have these two photos, are they the same person" principle, they only work on a mass surveillance principle. Meaning that if you deploy such a system, it is designed to track where and when everyone is, regardless of whether or not you're a suspect in some investigation or not. Apart from treating everyone like prey, that's a principle that's directly counter to the EU regulations on data protection (which outrank our laws).
    While not facial recognition, is the same thing not applicable to CCTV. Between city CCTV, bank ATMS, toll bridges, company/businesses, etc, etc, you are estimated to have been recorded, on average, up to 20 times per day. How many of those times are you aware you have been? Does Data protection not cover this? I assume it does and the place that has recorded you must store that info correctly or delete it.
    • Automatic facial recognition doesn't work in general. At least not very well. You get false positives and false negatives all the time. Especially if you're from the darker end of the ronseal colour swatch. It's the same issue we saw with ballistic fingerprinting.
    No great surprise there. CSI effect makes people believe you can get a "match" from the reflection of a face in the head of screw.
    • We've already seen AGS admit that Gardai sold data from pulse to criminals; so how much is the information on whether or not you're at home worth to a burglar?
    I have not heard of this. I heard about members of AGS using PULSE as their own personal FB to check on people, but actually selling the info!!.
    • Nobody's debated this ahead of time. Not in the Dail, not outside the Dail. It's like Regina Doherty announcing today that the Public Services Card is now mandatory and the moves to make it a national identity card without actually passing a single law to do so. In other words, Ministers making up the law as they go along, while ignoring existing law (so, show up with your driving licence or your passport and it doesn't count as ID anymore, you need your biometric, linked-to-your-phone, tied-to-your-medical-records PSC instead). It's like Dunne-v-Donohue never happened...
    Not the first time we have something that was implemented without debate, forethought or the infrastructure to make sure it works.

    I must check out that statement by Doherty. For months they have claimed it's not a national ID card, which anyone with half a brain can see is a lie, but i've been reading a few stories/accounts of people being refused payments and benefits unless they signed up to it. The most recent being an OAP having her pension withheld for the last 18 months because she refused the card. Illegal, but it's being done.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,038 ✭✭✭✭Sparks


    Cass wrote: »
    So i'm right in what i said above about the outrage coming from such actions being done by someone other than themselves?
    I'd imagine that it's a very large part of it. I mean, there are other reasons as well - like the systems not working, assuming everyone's a criminal and so on - but as with when we have those reactions over firearms law, most people don't share them.
    How true is that?
    You often hear the term "once it's out there it can never be taken back". Is it really gone or just gone from the public view and still held on some server somewhere. Again taking into account i'm not a card carrying member of the tin foil hat brigade.
    Not sure. I've never worked anywhere that would risk that - the financial penalties in the EU under the GDPR are substantial enough to make the risk unacceptable - but I couldn't say if they were or not.
    While not facial recognition, is the same thing not applicable to CCTV. Between city CCTV, bank ATMS, toll bridges, company/businesses, etc, etc, you are estimated to have been recorded, on average, up to 20 times per day. How many of those times are you aware you have been? Does Data protection not cover this? I assume it does and the place that has recorded you must store that info correctly or delete it.
    It does, but facial recognition goes beyond CCTV; there's a difference between a single place where you can get a full list of where and when anyone was in the last few years and several hundred CCTV sites which in general only keep data for a couple of weeks and which you'd have to sit and watch manually to spot someone.
    No great surprise there. CSI effect makes people believe you can get a "match" from the reflection of a face in the head of screw.
    Yup, exactly the same phenomenon.
    I have not heard of this. I heard about members of AGS using PULSE as their own personal FB to check on people, but actually selling the info!!.
    http://web.archive.org/web/20091016223101/http://www.tribune.ie/news/article/2009/oct/11/garda-suspected-of-selling-secret-data-to-criminal/
    http://www.herald.ie/news/gardai-line-up-17-officers-for-quizzing-over-leaks-to-don-27929372.html

    It's been sold on to various other crowds, but that's probably the worst in that it was being sold to criminals. In the other cases it was insurance agencies or private detective firms.
    Not the first time we have something that was implemented without debate, forethought or the infrastructure to make sure it works.
    True :(
    I must check out that statement by Doherty. For months they have claimed it's not a national ID card, which anyone with half a brain can see is a lie, but i've been reading a few stories/accounts of people being refused payments and benefits unless they signed up to it. The most recent being an OAP having her pension withheld for the last 18 months because she refused the card. Illegal, but it's being done.
    Not just withheld; actually taken away, unrecoverable.

    Doherty made her statement on Newstalk FM this morning.
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/regina-doherty-says-public-services-card-now-mandatory-for-welfare-1.3198024


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    On the aspect of facial recognition, is it not a useful tool however limited it may be?

    We don't like it when some "pencil pusher" that never owned or held a firearm introduces a law that makes life harder for us, but we (the shooting community) are a known quantity and easily traced. However with spate of attacks and terrorist activities such a system would be useful if not vital in tracing someone's whereabouts and monitoring them.

    The issue you mention above about treating everyone as a criminal is true, but also a necessity (at least in my opinion). The various agencies responsible for our safety and security don't always know who the "enemy" is so such systems of surveillance can have their uses. It goes back to the same argument, that we all hate and argue against, used against firearm owners. If banning all guns saves one life its worth it. Well if such measures, that are electronically intrusive and not physically, help are they not worth it?
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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,952 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45


    "Especially if you're from the darker end of the ronseal colour swatch.":D:D:D:D:D

    Good job I had the anti splatter screen up on my machine when I read that Sparks.

    "However with a spate of attacks and terrorist activities such a system would be useful if not vital in tracing someone's whereabouts and monitoring them."
    "For every trick there is a trick to it."[Old African Zulu saying] The people we are fighting against are nobody's fools. They could have a mosque worth of terrorists walking about our streets waving at CCTVs and facial recognition every hour and there would be damn all use to us.They know we are using this technology against them ,but so long as they do nothing illegal or break any pattern of normal behaviour you just have Big brother reality show footage.. You can have as much footage and CCTV going, but once one pulls out a knife yelling Aloha snack bar in a public place its useless against a self-radicalised lone wolf attack
    .Did you know there are now more CCTV cameras and in some cases directional mikes in London than there is in the entire Communist Chinese capital of Bejing?? Did it stop the London bus bombs?Westminister bridge even on the London underground did it get rid of the buskers? [Famous pic of one lad defying it by sitting directly under the CCTV camera and warning sign playing away] As it stands at the moment it is a very crude surveillance tool, that has a placebo effect on the population,and is great for catching drunken yobs and petty crime, but against a full blown terror attack...Well you'll have better footage for the SKY/CNN other daily BS suppliers.Untill we get to a totally chipped "minority report" big brother society with one stuck in every room in your house,which I hopefully wont live to see..Then it will be very effective and much to late for us all then.

    "If you want to keep someone away from your house, Just fire the shotgun through the door."

    Vice President [and former lawyer] Joe Biden Field& Stream Magazine interview Feb 2013 "



  • Registered Users Posts: 40,038 ✭✭✭✭Sparks


    Well, useful is a dangerous word with these things; for example, it's "useful" to have a ballistic fingerprinting system because you can point to a conviction obtained with such a system in Maryland. It's just that in context, that's one conviction after several years of it being deployed, costing millions every year, with huge numbers of false negatives and false positives, and earning the ire of the police department who were calling for its enforced retirement.

    Facial recognition just isn't much better. Yes, you might well get a few hits; but you'll swamp those out in false positives and you'll miss all the hits you should have gotten. "Useful" stops being a useful word under those circumstances (pardon the irony).

    I mean, with the rising level of terrorist attacks, any backbencher TD could argue that we should just confiscate all firearms on the gounds that that would be "useful".

    Actually, I think one did, back in 1972...


  • Registered Users Posts: 40,038 ✭✭✭✭Sparks


    Grizzly 45 wrote: »
    "Especially if you're from the darker end of the ronseal colour swatch.":D:D:D:D:D

    Good job I had the anti splatter screen up on my machine when I read that Sparks.

    I wasn't kidding:

    1b865de9972e6fe4e22330ca7ccdbec8--racist-cameras.jpg

    Turns out, if most programmers are pasty white nerds, they'll test their software on their own faces first and miss things. Like skin coming in a range of colours...


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    Whats the alternative? not looking to solve the world's security problems, but computers are not reliable, neither are people. They are flawed, and corrupt.

    The reports we hear on the news about suspected and actual terrorists moving freely among EU countries would wonder why the feck we have a security council at all or more accurately what are they doing other than living large and using the fear of terrorism to gain more in the way of funding.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,038 ✭✭✭✭Sparks


    Cass wrote: »
    Whats the alternative? not looking to solve the world's security problems, but computers are not reliable, neither are people. They are flawed, and corrupt.
    Well, not making the problem worse by getting us all to live in a panopticon before we have even a single attack here would be a good idea, at least in my opinion.

    Actually funding police instead of the ****e we have now where there's no oversight, no funding, laws being written every few days because TDs can't think of anything else to try; that might be worth a try.

    Plus, I don't really trust the image being portrayed on the 24 hour news cycle. You'd think the western world was the target if you did that (in fact, we've seen about 2% of the attacks and 1% of the casualties).

    Besides, we've seen several attacks (like, say, 9/11) where the attackers were known to the police, were on lists, had had everyone up to family members calling in ahead of time to say they were worried, and nothing got done, so how would facial recognition help if the police can't stop an attack when they have the names of the attackers already?

    I mean, I've seen the Manchester police pleading with then-Home-Secretary Theresa May to not cut off funding from their community policing work lest it trigger something like the Manchester bombing that happened a few years later:



    Her response was to publicly denounce them as scaremongering. And she kept doing that for several years.

    It seems to be a pattern - you gut funding for a service, it comes back to bite us a few years later.

    In counterpoint, they didn't gut the funding in London; they had the SAS on London Bridge embedded with armed police in eight minutes after the London Bridge attack. And if they hadn't gutted funding for intelligence services, that attack might not have happened in the first place (which, honestly, I'd prefer over the whole SAS rah-rah-rah approach, but that's another can of worms).

    Instead, we're talking about deploying a commercial facial recognition system in Clane (and using mobile phones instead of secured communications links and the sales pitch is all "cloud" this and "apps" that which engenders as much confidence as snake oil usually does).

    I mean. Clane. Come on. It's not exactly a high-profile soft target for dissident republicans, is it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,301 ✭✭✭yubabill1


    Absolutely agree on the security funding bit.

    Governments will seek any alternative before spending funds and then go for one or two rungs below the cheapest option.

    CCTV has been seen by a lot of people as a cheap replacement for police on the ground.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,952 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45


    It would also help if some jobs worthies would engage brains before engaging gob. Bright ideas like banning online door deliveries of knives in the UK or requesting further information and details before people go and hire large vans springs to mind.:rolleyes:

    "If you want to keep someone away from your house, Just fire the shotgun through the door."

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    Cass wrote: »
    I must check out that statement by Doherty. .
    Jaysus has this woman no shame.

    Considering her actions with her failed businesses, followed by the events involving an Gardaí issuing a caution to a reporter who, i'd imagine Regina sees it as, "dared" to question her [Regina Doherty], then her latest actions with seemingly illegal and subversive national identification card.


    Seen her on the news this evening behind the unelected taoiseach, nodding along approvingly, along with the rest of the crony brigade.

    How can people in this country sit back and take this sh*t. They care about supposed social justice issues (don't make me laugh, when you add anything before the word justice the word no longer relates to justice) such as having 50 genders, or tearing down statues than a sneaky national id card that will have us being stopped and questioned and tracked just like the facial recognition issue above.

    Take your head out your arses people and cop on to what is important before you wake up and realise that while you can choose to "identify as a unicorn" you have no pension, medical services and scandal after scandal is going unreported and ignored.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,038 ✭✭✭✭Sparks


    Um... DRI kindof have been at this for a year or so now, a bunch of the data privacy wonks have been writing about it for at least two years, and now we're finally starting to see the origins of cases that could go to court, I think we're going to start seeing some of the social justice solicitors get their teeth into it, and they have a nasty habit of ripping the absolute arse out of much scarier groups than the Irish government.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,952 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45


    From a historical perspective of AGS history as a force and firearms.
    http://www.gardareview.ie/index.php/the-guard-and-the-gun/

    "If you want to keep someone away from your house, Just fire the shotgun through the door."

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,192 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm


    "The debate too, should not not be on the type of firearm used, or how it looks when deployed"

    Oh, the irony!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭gunny123


    "sig 38mm" ! Some slap off both ends of that !


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭gunny123


    Interesting documentary i seen on Al jazeera the other night.




  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    Cass wrote: »
    Cass wrote: »
    Look at what we've had in the last year alone:
    • Maurice McCabe being relentlessly victimised
    • The Commissioner under fire from the public and from some quarters of the Dail.
    • "Loosing" her phone
    • IIRC three other separate issues relating to her actions (including the promoting of her husband to Chief Super just weeks before the civilian board was due to take over that role)
    • Templemore financial scandal
    • Millions of fraudulent breath tests.
    • Gardaí including, according to the records, a Superintendent lying under oath at the Jobstown six trial (this is actually recorded and the word used is lying)
    Sweet baby Jesus. Another half a million (500,000) false/fake breath tests.

    That is another 500,000 they LIED about doing, and we're told it's not criminal.

    So maybe someone can answer these for me!
    • Were all the tests negative?
    • If some were marked as positive where/when were the court cases?
    • Did the courts not cop on that 1,500,000 breath tests had shown no court cases?
    • How f**king incompetent are the "top" Gardaí to claim they knew nothing of this?
    • How do you think this will effect future breath tests? (the water has now been well and truly mudded)
    • What effect will it have on other penalties such as parking, speeding, etc, etc. IOW how reliable are An Gardaí now (considering they lost have previously lost accreditation by the CSO for fudging numbers)
    • How sustainable is O'Sullivan's job?
    • Will we only end up with the same when she is replaced by another of the same mindset as OSullivan and Murphy?


    I see O'Sullivan is back from her extended "holidays".
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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,192 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm


    Cass wrote: »
    I see O'Sullivan is back from her extended "holidays".

    Only because her attempt to do a moonlight flit over to Europol was unsuccessful.

    Apparently she was deemed ineligible as she had not served 15 years in a senior management position.
    Or perhaps Europol simply Googled her name .......


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,952 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45


    Gotta really ask now, is it time to do a Patten on AGS and start afresh?There is just so much tinkering you can do with a derelict and rotten structure.Sometimes it is best to just level the whole thing and start new.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    That would be the sensible and proper way to do it, but in a country of "push it down the road" that won't happen.

    The matter will be ignored with TDs still standing by O'Sullivan and her Gardaí until they can quietly replace her while she walks away with a huge pension and golden handshake. Stick someone else in the role, from within the same rotten core, and start again.

    On a slightly side note and possibly a bit of a cheap shot, but recently i seen an old advert for Garda recruitment from 1972. The criteria is laughable (Pass/D grade in leaving cert and if you got higher no need for entrance exam) and the senior Gardaí we have now are those that wold have gotten starts around that time.
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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭gunny123


    Cass wrote: »
    That would be the sensible and proper way to do it, but in a country of "push it down the road" that won't happen.

    The matter will be ignored with TDs still standing by O'Sullivan and her Gardaí until they can quietly replace her while she walks away with a huge pension and golden handshake. Stick someone else in the role, from within the same rotten core, and start again.

    On a slightly side note and possibly a bit of a cheap shot, but recently i seen an old advert for Garda recruitment from 1972. The criteria is laughable (Pass/D grade in leaving cert and if you got higher no need for entrance exam) and the senior Gardaí we have now are those that wold have gotten starts around that time.


    In fairness though Cass, the educational level of anyone doesn't particulary matter if they are honest, decent and plain dealing. I know a multi-millionare with all sorts of higher qualifications, but he was up several times for demanding money with menaces, and blackmail. Also in this fabulous modern world of ours, you'd nearly need a masters to be a barista.


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    You are right gunny123 and as i said it was possibly a cheap shot, but the timing of this story breaking and the details of recruitment in the 70s was coincidental so i mentioned it.

    I'm annoyed and frustrated that once again the national police force has been caught braking the law. The next thing we'll have is people saying rubbish like "99% are sound" or "its not all of them". I don't care about the that, i care about the fact that instead of pointing the finger and saying "you acted wrongly, you must be held to account" the excuses are already being trampled out.

    The upper echelon will blame the flatfoot on the ground who in turn will say it was their superiors orders. In the meantime, and its already happened, we have TDs and other saying its not criminal. Without an investigation, without proof, and only hours after the story broke and they are able to say it wasn't criminal.

    If we fill in the FCA1 fraudulently its a criminal offense. If we lie on any official document for welfare, insurance, driving license, bank loans, etc its fraud and probably criminal.

    They outright lied. One report on RTE yesterday claimed a Garda rang into their local station to "put him down" for 37 breath checks. Then he changed it to 50 and before the conversation ended he was put down for 90. That is a lie, fraud and considering the amount of TOTAL false tests (1.5 MILLION) there must be criminality involved at some level/point.

    I quoted above just some of the issues the Gardaí have been caught at in the last few years. Now we have yet more breath tests. As i asked above what does this mean for other aspects of policing. Are parking offenses to be trusted? Are check point FPN to be trusted? Is the testimony given in court to be trusted?

    The rot is systemic and comes from the very top. Noirin O'Sullivan on "extended holidays" is a stupid and frankly insulting (to the public) way to keep her out of the limelight enough to hope that tempers have settled. Yet days before her return and another story of corruption breaks. I'm not anti Garda, but i don't hold them in reverence some do, and frankly if any one of us were caught acting in the manner they have been in our jobs we'd have been fired at best and jailed at worse.
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