Police corruption happens all over the world. It doesn't excuse it in Ireland, but it's far from unique to here.
What is key is that we find out what happened, learn from it and actually change the system and bring people to account. There's no point in just being outraged by it. The system needs to be held accountable where it's failed.
No system is perfect and police corruption is, sadly, far from unusual, even in very developed countries.
I mean look at France, you'd a situation where there were incidents of police being involved in drug dealing.
See : Le Nouvel Observateur (L'Obs)
and there's been far worse than that too, particularly involving police brutality targeting ethnic minorities.
Over in England, the Met is currently investigating its anti-corruption unit for corruption:
Then if you've a look at the USA you've not only police corruption but also extreme violence and Robocop like approaches to everything.
There are plenty of places, including in parts of Europe (at least according to research done by the EU), where it's not unusual to be asked to pay bribes by public officials. Ireland wasn't one of those.
Corruption needs to be tackled, but I just think we also need to see it in context. It's a problem that's quite solvable and I think this notion that it's somehow unique to Ireland or cultural, is just nonsense. Systems that aren't transparent and aren't accountable are prone to being abused and that's just the reality of it.
You solve the problems by removing the dark shadows and nobody should ever have absolute power. It's pretty obvious that it corrupts absolutely. There are countless examples of this.
Have a browse of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_corruption
- I know it's just Wiki, but it's a good aggregator of the issue around the world.