In 1976 and 1977 there were persistent allegations of brutality against the Gardai. The Sallins mail train robbery trial was the centre of these allegations. In this major investigation, Magill examines the allegations that the Gardai conspired to subvert the course of justice.
The Moral Civil War (Gene Kerrigan)
The Irish J.R.: Kerry Dougherty talks to the managing director of Atlantic Resources and considers the government’s options (Kerry Dougherty)
Shattering Garret: Marpk Brennock examines the role and function of Young Fine Gael and profiles its Chairman, Chris O’Malley (Mark Brennock)
The Seeds of a Police State (Vincent Browne and Derek Dunne)
The Green Minister: A Profile of Austin Deasy (Risteard O Muirithille)
The Derek Hill Collection (Colm Toibin)
How The Dubs Burgled the Banks (Brendan O hEithir)
The Moral Civil War In April of 1967 Brian Lenihan, Minister for Justice, went to the Dail with a modest little Censorship of Publications Bill. Four months later the measure was passed. In itself the Act was a minor reform. In effect it was a major step away from what have become known as "traditional values". Five thousand books were immediately taken off the banned list....
The compartment of the train was divided into three. At one end were the lads; at the other were a number of Gardai who had gone to Cork for the day in order to quell any possible unruliness. The lads at the other end were being unruly. There were maybe ten or twelve of them and they were aged maybe fourteen or sixteen. They had bottles of cider. Every so often and totally in unison they would do a verse of "Roaming In the Gloaming" as though they were around some camp fire. In
Shattering Garret Mark Brennock examines the role and function of Young Fine Gael and profiles its Chairman, Chris O'Malley.
The Seeds of a Police State There is substantial evidence that a major crime was perpetrated within the Garda Siochana five years ago. The evidence for this crime has certainly been available to senior Gardai ever since then, but no enquiry whatsoever has taken place, let alone any Garda being diciplined in connection with that crime.
Furthermore, no agency, such as the Department of Justice, has undertaken any investigation of this crime and at least one Minister for Justice, Gerry Collins, baulked at the opportunity to...
The Derek Hill Collection If you are driving from Falcarrig or Gortahurk towards Churchill in County Donegal and if you take the road which goes through the Gap of Muckish you pass through what must be one of the most desolate and barren parts of this country. Nothing seems to grow. The only relief from the stark greyness of the place are the coloured bags of turf that dot the landscape every so often. Colm Toibin writes more about Derek Hill's art collection. ...
The week between the drawn game I and the replay was filled with controversy about the facilities at Pairc Vi Chaoimh, the lack of live television coverage, the possibility of a pitched battle between the Red and Blue armies and the psychological effect on the Dublin players of playing in a southern climate. Brendan O hEither reports on Dublin's successful sojourn south.
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