Unwittingly, Michael Noonan, the Fine Gael spokesperson on finance has let the cat out of the bag regarding the relationship between politicians and the Gardai (RTE News, 5th report).
Last Tuesday, after complaining about the slow pace of the so called Garda investigation into Anglo Irish Bank, Mr. Noonan was asked did he think there was some political foot dragging.
His reply was interesting and very revealing:
Public servants, including Gardai and senior civil servants, always try to act on what they regard as ministers and government priorities and they obviously feel that there isn’t an urgency because these matters are not priorities with government.
In real democracies the police act on crime and reports of crime. In Ireland, according to Mr. Noonan, they act according to political priorities.
This explains why white collar crime is virtually unknown in Ireland.