Stupid, stupid garda
How did they think they could political march down O’Connell street, a building site and not have trouble? I had hope that people would let the march go by and just laugh at them but no, they fed into the hate behind this parade. Gave what they were looking for – a riot. And the police are the main cause of it all. Feck the real IRA gobshite, the young scuts, this was a dreadful display of policing. I am not blaming the hyped up young gardai who were badly trained but their heads who left them open to such attack.
As for Bertie saying he defends the democratic right, does that mean it’s okey to throw stones? This march took place as I say down a building site. Choose your weapon lads, please? A stone, a barricade. a piece of iron? And as for the riot squad, they just hit out at everything that got in their way. Slap, bang, wallop policing belongs to the dark ages.
Remember back to the Mayday preparations during the EU enlargement. The garda had done their workshops in Seattle. Ready for rioters, anarchists. Helicopters in the air, police everywhere, water canons brought down from Northern Ireland to drown a few hoddied protesters. And today? Three garda standing outside the GPO. No helicopter, no monitoring. Riot squads flying in from far away. No blocking off the streets. No garda lining the route. For feck’s sake, did they not think this home grown political rally was going to cause trouble. Feck Seattle, get real men, what sort of time zone are you living in? Do you not remember the IRA, the UVA. The garda looked just liked they did when the English “fans” rioted at Landsdown, open mouthed and amateur. Is this what we get for our money? Gobshites, bullying, hysterical gobshites and that is only the police.
Why didn’t they line the route with the new yellow packer police and see how they could stand up to real pressure. Bet they would run. Everything was after the fact. I saw one police van driven by a female garda, shoot up O’Connell street past the GPO and into the crowd only to back up, YES back up, though the crowd and keeping backing up several yards down the street and across the centre aisle. She could have killed someone.
If the gardai and the politicians hype up on this, don’t believe them, this was a disgrace. And enough said on it for the moment. McDowell must be thinking he was right all along on this one but the truth of the matter was it was a giant cock-up by his Department and the Gardai HQ. Totally out of touch, rough shod and very, very badly handled. Heads should roll on this at they should start at the top. Afer all Bertie was looking for a gap at ministeral level, now you should have one. McDowell was totally out of touch as usual on this one.