Inevitably, every time a political scandal occurs, some idiot journalist will write an article in defence of the errant politician.
The idiot in this case is Irish independent journalist Eamon Delaney. He makes the following points in defence of the liar O’Dea.
It’s terribly sad that a man of such tenacity, wit and energy should be caught out on such a little thing.
Making a false statement in a sworn affidavit is, according to Delaney, not a huge matter.
It was the fault of the media.
It was the fault of a tenacious opposition baying for blood of any kind.
None of us is pristine clean and (sad old) O’Dea is down there in Limerick bravely fighting the IRA and organised crime.
Delaney compares the ‘witch-hunting’ of O’Dea to that other ‘innocent’ politician, Michael Lowry. According to this journalist, Lowry, a tax cheat and liar, was forced to resign in ‘apparent’ disgrace.
It should have been enough that O’Dea changed his statement after he realised his ‘mistake’.
This ridiculous excuse, which (barrister) O’Dea also used, displays an abject ignorance of how the law operates. It is not possible to amend sworn affidavits as a case develops, to allow such a situation would make the entire legal system impossible.
The matter could have rested (been forgotten) if it wasn’t for Sinn Fein’s skillful spinning and Fine Gael’s robust opportunism.
The Greens are to blame; they needed a head on a plate to boost their image.
The public are not fooled though; they see that O’Dea is a man of integrity and passion, a man who has been cruelly caught out by certain (evil) ‘elements’.
Delaney ends his craven article with a standard, smear everybody, comment, a comment we have heard before regarding people like the criminal Haughey or the chancer Bertie Ahern.
But let’s remember, there’s something of Willie in all of us.
Well, Delaney may be the type of person who will make a false statement under oath, he may be the type of person who will endanger the reputation of a journalist and policeman in a cowardly attempt to avoid being found out but I think that such low grade people are, thankfully, a minority in this country.