"Justice" Minister Michael McDowell must be removed from his position. McDowell is under fierce pressure to go after the Connolly case. He must either resign or else Bertie must find his balls and sack him.
I just watched the Prime Time show and what he has done is truly extraordinary, "dangerous and dictatorial" but extraordinary none the less.
McDowell now believes that he can do whatever he wants; he believes that he is above reproach and it is high time Bertie laid down some law in the Cabinet.
An interesting comment on Prime Time tonight came from a Senior Council who said that in the Special Criminal Court when someone is charged with membership of the IRA the conviction is usually only dependant upon the word of the Gardaí. The Gardaí will quote "Garda intelligence" as the reason for their belief. However when a defense council asks to see the confidential information the Gardaí will refuse to disclose such information.
Here we find ourselves in a situation where the so-called "Minister for Justice" (makes you laugh) takes it upon himself to pass on sensitive Garda intelligence information to the press, of all people!
Am I the only one who sees the problem with this?
McDowell has breached the spirit of his own Garda Síochána Act 2005 by disclosing confidential Garda information. The criminal offence is punishable by five years' imprisonment.
If Bertie Ahern had any guts he would demand McDowell's resignation but as Bertie is terrified of an early election I fear he will allow this right-wing nut to get away with abusing his position as Minister for Justice.