Political police?

A special committee has been established by Fianna Fail to carry out an internal investigation into allegations that one of its councillors, Liam Kelly, has been taking drugs (Irish Times). Cllr. Kelly has claimed that he is being blackmailed on the matter.

Here’s what Bertie Ahern had to say on the matter.

“Was he snorting cocaine or was he not? If he was that’s a serious matter and the party will deal with it, the other issues are issues for the Gardai, extortion and other matters, they are not matters for the party.”

In real democracies, the police investigate allegations of illegal drug use. In Ireland, when the allegations are against a politician from the ruling party, the police apparently keep their distance.