We have for a long time been happy to dismiss the difficulties, brutalities and wrongdoing of some members of the Garda Síochána as bad apples in a good force. The questions that must now be asked are, how many bad apples are there to be rooted out, how systemic this is, whether there really is a kind of disease within the Garda Síochána that must be rooted out and if it is ingrained or only a case of some bad apples?
It is convenient for us to say that kind of thing happens in Donegal — that there is a kind of independent republic in Donegal where this happens, but I doubt if that is the case.
I, for one, am beginning to be convinced that there is a larger problem which should be investigated. That larger problem is undermining the great majority of gardaí who do a superb job. In passing, we should not forget that we are very quick to criticise the wrongdoing of forces in other jurisdictions. We ought to first look at ourselves.