In the news is that one Freddie Scappaticci also know as “Stakeknife” has been arrested by British Police at a undisclosed location. The past activities of the man are also under investigation by Chief constable Jon Boutcher and his squad. “Stakeknife” is believed to be involved in up to fifty killings with some at the behest of his handlers in British intelligence and others just to cover up for himself. He is believed to be a high level (but not the highest) informer in the I.R.A for the British army. He was “outed” as a tout by “Martin Ingram” and Greg Harkin in their book “Stakeknife” and quickly fled Belfast despite initial denials. It would seem that the Brits have given him up but its unlikely that they will allow the goings of British intelligence to be aired. Despite this it will be interesting to watch.
The state has made an apology to one Joanne Hayes who has made the news before, back in the eighties. Miss Hayes was accused of killing a baby boy 5 days old who was found on a Cahersiveen beach with 42 stab wounds, later called “baby John” by the undertakers. Tests would prove that Joanne was not the mother of “baby John” but Gardai were pretty determined she was the one responsible at the time. A tribunal was formed to investigate the goings on of the Gardai but Miss Hayes had reason to feel she was on trial, I remember reports of her sobbing in the witness box and accusations that of lively banter in the Dublin pubs at night. What does one make of this ? and the lengthy time it took the state to own up and admit they made a mistake. Maybe the incident is put to rest for Miss Hayes, only time will tell, could do with a state apology myself re 2fm Colm & Jim Jim.
Have been offline for a while, all down to a lighting strike which happened at 3 am in the morning. There was a pretty loud thunder clap and a flash of light at the window, bang and then no power, no phone. Just turned over and went to sleep. Well it took over a week for the phone line to be fixed, seemingly the lighting struck in two places and had even burned the poles. Powerful stuff indeed, always amazed at how much we are at the mercy of nature for our survival. Our technology can go just like that, nothing permanent about it. Sometimes i wonder what we would/could live without and what we must have. Just a thought.
Singer Dolores Ó Riordan has passed away after being found dead in London, cause of death is unclear as yet. Dolores and her group the Cranberries were famous in the 90’s with such songs as Linger, Dreams and Zombie. It has said that they were the second biggest group to come out of Ireland after U2 but the Limerick band did pretty well for themselves. Dolores was the mother of 3 and had divorced from her husband.