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Clare Daly Statement -Result of Test 30% below limit! February 8, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

Clare Daly has issued a Statement

Result of Test 30% below limit!

Part of her statement which I for one find very worrying.

I was breathalysed but the equipment didn’t register a reading. I was arrested and handcuffed on the side of the road. I objected to being handcuffed and stated that I would willingly go to the Garda station. I was told by the arresting Garda that this was ‘procedure’.

I was brought in a patrol car to the Kilmainham Garda Station – within 300 metres distance. At one point I was placed in a cell on my own. A doctor was called and I provided a urine sample. When I was released a female Garda told me to ‘come back when you are sober’.

I believe that the Gardai implementing road safety have a job to do and I support them. However, I object strongly to the arrest, handcuffing and release of information re the arrest on suspicion of drink driving to the tabloid press early on Tuesday. My legal advice is that none of this is ‘procedure’.

I believe that this was a deliberate attempt to discredit a left-wing TD who has raised issues of malpractice within the Garda Siochana. This information could only have come from within the Gardai.

She finishes ….

I have received the official result of the test on the urine sample provided and the result is 45 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine, which is 33% below the allowable limit – 67 milligrammes

Its pretty poor, although not surprising that the fact she was stopped for Drink Driving reached the papers very quickly, well before the test results were out.
This from The Herald is an example of the story’s that appeared in the media after her arrest

TD Daly back behind the wheel after her drink-driving arrest

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1. LeftAtTheCross - February 8, 2013

Good to see Daly being vindicated. It would be nice to see the Garda Ombudsman roll a head or two as a result of the leak to the media.

irishelectionliterature - February 8, 2013

Yes and the fact that aside from the slur about the drink driving the facts about the breathalyser are different between Dalys statement and the report in the Herald.
The Herald
“She did not provide a breath sample to gardai but agreed to provide a urine sample when she was taken to Kilmainham Garda Station. ”
“It is understood she was unable to take the breath test and opted to provide a urine sample.”
There was no mention there of the breathalyser not registering a reading and the implication was that Daly refused to take one or in the case of ‘unable to take the breath test ‘ you could read all sorts into it.
Hopefully the papers get sued.

Greenchile - February 9, 2013

The GSOC needs to show the people of this Country that they actually have no sides and that their Commission will do what the tax payer pays them for.Thank you Clare for been true to your Country.

2. Joe - February 8, 2013

Very poor on the cops part. Very poor. The handcuffing was well out of order in my view. The leaking too. Fookers should be thrun out but they won’t be.

RosencrantzisDead - February 8, 2013

The unnecessary use of a restraint such as handcuffs is an assault and would be the grounds for a complaint to the Ombudsman.

3. doctorfive - February 8, 2013

Can think of around 160 TDs would never in a million years have been handcuffed.

Likewise the Mail for example publishes a fair amount of salacious stuff of varying importance that is routinely ignored by the wider media let alone get anywhere near the RTÉ main evening news. Lot more then Shady Síochána.

Even last month the papers had Regina Doherty’s debts but only the Independent mentioned the illegal Director’s loan she took from the company. Goldhawk had that back in June.

Mick Hall - February 8, 2013

Can think of around 160 TDs would never in a million years have been handcuffed.

Or been sober ;)

doctorfive - February 8, 2013

Under the influence of their own importance.

CMK - February 8, 2013

The Irish Times and Harry McGee and Jason Kennedy don’t cover themselves in glory with their sneering report on Clare Daly’s vindication – I’m not linking so as to deprive the IT of revenue.

These two idiots refer to Clare Daly’s ‘long statement released this afternoon’ and link to said statement which is 457 words long. Their report is 567 long. It’s interesting that professional journalists would consider reading 457 words – shorter than many comments here – to be ‘long’. I suppose it says something about the work ethic at the IT!

Ed - February 8, 2013

I presume they’re hoping if they call it a ‘long’ statement, nobody will click on it; god knows they won’t be anxious to draw attention to Garda corruption and harassment of left-wing activists, wouldn’t really be the IT’s bag that sort of thing.

tomasoflatharta - February 8, 2013

Plus 1

CMK - February 8, 2013

I think the Gardaí probably miscalculated on this occasion and that this will have unforseen consequences. This one will run and run….

Branno's ultra-left t-shirt - February 8, 2013

Sneering fucking egos in search of a brain cell abound in our media, Beaker Sheehan was revelling in this story two weeks ago as well.

Liberation Jumpsuit - February 8, 2013

Harry McGee is an intellectual dwarf

Branno's ultra-left t-shirt - February 8, 2013

Doesn’t that sentence work just as well without the word intellectual?

Tomboktu - February 8, 2013

Actually, I found the remark (genuinely) offensive because of the use of the word dwarf. Let’s leave comparisons with disabilities out of abuse.

Jolly Red Giant - February 8, 2013

Journalism today is an exercise in copy and paste – if they actually had to use an pen and paper then they would get a heart attack.

Jack Jameson - February 8, 2013

Good spot, CMK.

4. tomasoflatharta - February 8, 2013

Reblogged this on Tomás Ó Flatharta and commented:
Cedar Lounge is spot on – this is very worrying – we have a case of extreme police misbehaviour on our hands – Tammany Hall stuff.

5. yeltrab - February 8, 2013

It’s naïveté in the extreme to consider this a vindication. Her urine alcohol-level was more than *twice* the limit allowed for inexperienced drivers. Extrapolating back to the point in time at which she got behind the wheel, it would have been even higher.
(And before anyone cries libel, the rate of metaboliztion of alcohol to acetaldehyde by the liver is an estabilished scientific fact – even PdR’s and Jeffrey Archer’s legal teams combined couldn’t magic up a libel case that contradicts basic science).
The reason for the lower threshold for inexperienced drivers, and indeed for the downward trend towards zero tolerance in many European countries, is that *any* alcohol impairs the driver’s ability to drive safely and puts other road users at risk.
And her faux umbrage at the female Garda telling her to ‘come back when you are sober’ is just risible – by her own admission, she was not sober at the time. And clearly she was uncertain herself as to whether she was below the limit, otherwise she wouldn’t have bothered with the home-measure of hot-whiskey story.

WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2013

Wow Bartley, trolling much?

What a crock. And by the way, still not welcome.

WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2013

Though, I guess it’s enlightening to get the view from FG central on these matters.

Still banned…

Ciaran - February 8, 2013

“Yeltrab”? Really? If you’re going to troll, try disguising your customary user name with a bit more cop than just reversing it.

Not that I’m encouraging you to keep trying.

Maybe post on this subject on Broadsheet. I think today has proven for once and for all that their comments section is a cesspit.

yeltrab - February 9, 2013

With the greatest respect for your sleuthing abilities Ciaran, an email address of yeltrab@backward.org is *not* disguised – rather it’s fully intended to be plain as day.

Ed - February 9, 2013

What part of ‘sod off’ do you find difficult to grasp? Is it the sod, or the off?

WorldbyStorm - February 9, 2013

Bartley. You’re banned from here. It’s that simple. That means that you’re not welcome.

You’ve been banned for weeks and will continue to be banned indefinitely.

I’ve little appetite to move from IP address to IP address to keep you out, but I will and I am.

Go away and stop eating into my limited disposable time.

Ciaran - February 9, 2013

You’re a master of satire.

Ed - February 8, 2013

He’s a wonder, isn’t he? From gun legislation to the science of the human liver, an expert on every topic known to man …

WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2013

Yeah, he’s a wonder alright. It’s funny, I used to have some respect for the guy, thought he was pushing the envelope but wasn’t dishonest, but the last year was a serious eye-opener. The trolling just got too obvious, too designed to provoke a response, and also just too mean-spirited. Exhibit A, the comment above he made.

Greenchile - February 9, 2013

I support Clare and it would be just justice to see the GSOC actually do something to rid this Country of organised self protectors.Thank you Clare for been true to your Country.

6. WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2013

Back on topic, very good news. Not entirely unexpected given her own words on the issue and should be educative how matters proceed from here. Very very educative indeed.

7. doctorfive - February 8, 2013

RTÉ have removed part of today’s interview from their playback on legal advice.

doctorfive - February 8, 2013

Ming said he had umpteen calls from journalists when the story originally broke but none today. First phone call on the matter was apparently from a Guard thanking him and the rest.

WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2013

I think I might edit Bartley’s email – what do you think doctorfive. No point in hassle. Particularly over someone who has now proven conclusively exactly what sort of a person they are.

doctorfive - February 8, 2013

didn’t even read it tbh

WorldbyStorm - February 8, 2013

Probably as well.

8. Jack Jameson - February 8, 2013

Two points:
1) The cops are daily leaking details of cases to their chums in the newspapers – needs to be stopped by Garda Omdudsman also;
2) Wonder if the Guards were breathalysing people leaving the Dáil (Dáil Bar) the morning of the all-night Promissory Note sitting.

Jim Monaghan - February 9, 2013

It was I think some gardai who leaked the waiving of points. And was not a FG TD caught leaving the Dail with drink a while ago.

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