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Sex Monster Highlights Flaws in Irish Immigration

Ireland’s immigration laws need to be changed urgently, after the latest attack by a convicted foreign national on Irish soil. 

Irish authorities allowed convicted sex beast Przemyslaw Jakubowski to arrive in Ireland, where he set up home in the town of Kanturk, Co.Cork. Within weeks of his arrival, the Polish national wreaked havoc upon the local community, with a shocking attack on a defenceless woman. 

Jakubowski (36) grabbed his victim as she was drying her hands in a public toilet in Kanturk last March and threatened to kill her. The psycho, was later found to be wearing women’s underwear during the attack. The underwear was one of many strange pieces of evidence removed from the Polish man’s apartment by the Gàrdaì.

 The Pole, who was convicted of rape and robbery in his native country, was jailed for 15 years this week while his victim sat yards away from him in a packed courtroom at Dublin Central Criminal Court. 

In her victim impact statement the victim described how her life was turned upside down by the attack. She said “I was raped not once, not twice-but so many times and in so many ways.” 

“These images haunt my nights, my days, my fears and my realities.”   

Inspector Declan O`Sullivan told the court that this attack was an isolated one that was incomparable to anything that had ever happened in Kanturk. He said the Gardaì received great help from the Polish community who were “horrified” by the attack and fear reprisals from locals.

 The vile sex monster pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of rape and multiple threats to kill. He held his  heads in his hands as he was convicted on 11 of the counts. He received a 15 year sentence, one again showing the Irish judiciary system to be both weak and equally flawed. 

His victim, who feared she would lose her life also faced an antagonising wait to see if she had contracted any sexual related diseases from the monster. Her life will forever be scarred while Jakubowski will be a free man by his early 50`s. There is nothing to stop this sex offender from attacking again upon his release and Irish authorities should seek to deport him so he won’t be a drain on the taxpayer. 

The Irish immigration system must hold their hands up for allowing a convicted rapist to enter the country. Jakubowski is certainly not the first to enter the country but the authorities must act quickly to ensure he is the last. All possible immigrants need to be treated with a zero tolerance policy for the sake of the Irish people. If they have one strike on their record in any part of the world they shouldn’t be allowed here or anywhere other than their home country. 

Why give them a second chance when they could inflict grave pain and hurt upon our people, exactly like Jakubowski did.

 

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Garda Stabbed in Airport Attack

A man has been arrested after he stabbed a garda, hijacked his jeep and went on a rampage at Cork Airport,where he later  hijacked a second vehicle.

The man was apprehended at Cork Airport after he broke through a security fence and rammed several vehicles, including a Garda car. He tried to make his way to an Aer Lingus flight that was boarding at the time but the car broke down. 

The assailant produced a knife to a garda who stopped him on Patrick St in Cork city centre at around 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.

He slashed the garda across the face, hijacked his  jeep and drove off, ramming several other vehicles and forcing terrified shoppers to dive for cover.

Upon arrival at the airport he hijacked an Airport Emergency vehicle after he produced a knife to the driver.

He then rammed the garda car, injuring a garda inside. The garda’s injuries are described as non life-threatening.

He is now being questioned at Togher Garda Station. The garda who was slashed in the face is described as being in a stable condition at Cork University Hospital.

Man arrested on arson charge after Cork blaze kills woman and nephew

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in Cork city centre in connection with a fire that killed a mother and nephew in Mahon, Cork.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after the 25-year-old woman and her five-year-old nephew died in the blaze at around 3.15am this morning.

Helena O’Dwyer and Ryan O’Dwyer were among eight people in the house on Nutley Avenue in Mahon when the fire broke out.

Six adults and children were taken from the house suffering from smoke inhalation. They were given oxygen at the scene by fire and ambulance crews before being transferred to Cork University and the Mercy University Hospitals.

Helena and Ryan were also taken from the building but fire fighters failed to resuscitate them and they were pronounced dead at the scene.

A garda technical team have been examining the house this morning.

Drugs:The Scourge Of A Nation

The serious drug problem that infiltrated Ireland in the early 1990`s will never be banished from these shores. 

With the economic boom in the nineties more and more drugs became available as more people could afford them. But as the financial success gripped both our wallets and our ego`s, so too did a major problem : our own downfall. We were the main culprits in organising our downfall and spent too much money. But while everything seems to be disappearing, houses repossessed and bank accounts going into the red, one thing that remains is our drug problem.  

Indeed it has got worse, a lot worse. Drugs are more readily available now than ever before, almost everybody knows one person or another who is capable of getting their hands on “the gear” if and when its wanted. 

Prior to the Celtic Tiger, Ireland was gripped by a heroin epidemic, particularly in Dublin. In 1980`s a well known mobster by the name of Tony Felloni flooded the streets of the capital with the illegal substance. He gained notoriety when it emerged that he had used some of his children in drug dealing. They later became hooked on the drugs. 

Tony, was release from prison last week after serving 15 years behind bars. His son Luigi (37) and daughter  Regina (35) both served jail sentences after been caught aiding their father in his roaring drug trade. 

The Felloni`s were widely regarded as Ireland`s first drug dealing family, but they were the catalysts for numerous off shoot gangs that would develop at the turn of the nineties. 

Ireland`s drug problem was to be made worse by one man imparticular, John Gilligan. Gilligan, is more commonly known these days for his role in the brutal murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, however his influence in the Irish drugs market cannot be forgotten.      

Gilligan grew up in Ballyfermot where he became friendly with the Dunne gang, an armed robbery outfit that would later become drug barons. Fast forward  to 1994, Gilligan was released from Portlaoise prison after spending 4 years in jail for possession of stolen goods. It was in Portlaoise that he would make serious contacts, in the form of Charles Bowden, The Ward brothers and Peter “Fatso” Mitchell. They later formed a mob, realising there was more money and less risks involved in the drugs trade. 

Between April 1994 and October 1996 it`s estimated that Gilligan and his crew imported more than 20,000 kilos of Cannabis into Ireland. The value of the drugs was put at £40 Million. 

The gang established contacts in Amsterdam who organised shipments of the drugs from Morocco. The drugs were then brought into Ireland through Cork and brought up to Dublin. It was a highly profitable enterprise until Guerin began investigating the gang.

 Gilligan, then mad on power, assaulted the reporter after she showed up at his estate asking questions about his role in the drugs trade. Death threats followed and the gang eventually murdered the brave journalist on the Naas Road in June 1996.    

The Gilligan empire was on it`s knees after the cold calculate murder of Guerin. A long Garda investigation ensued . More than 1,400 people were interviewed, 425 searches were carried out and 214 arrests were made. Over 100 firearms and £5 Million worth of drugs were seized during searches of the gang`s homes. 

Gilligan was found not guilty of murder but received a 28 year jail term for his role in importing drugs into Ireland. He is due for release in April 2013. 

The pint sized criminal is believed to be active behind bars, with many gangs around the city believed to be associated with him and his cronies. Mitchell is also active, located in Spain, he has been known to ship vast cargo`s into the country in recent years. But Ireland`s drug problem, as grave as it is, is not only caused by the mindless scum who exist only to line their wallets. 

Some Prison officers, who we all believe exist in order to keep the peace in Irish prisons, are just as big of a problem as Gilligan, Mitchell and co. Not many of us fully understand the work of a prison officer but in its basic form we would believe that it doesn’t entail been nice or friendly to those who are justifiably behind bars. But this is not the case. 

In December of last year a 39 year old prison officer was caught smuggling drugs into Mountjoy. He was caught in possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis as he arrived to work at 7.30 on the morning of December 19th. The drugs which were strapped to his leg were identified during a screening by security guards at the prison. He was carrying 450g of Cannabis, 350g of tablets and a quantity of cocaine and heroin.

 Mountjoy Prison operates as a drug-free regime, which aims to prevent the smuggling and use of illicit drugs.Figures released by the Department of Justice in October last showed that  there had been 1,074 seizures of drugs at Mountjoy since the start of 2009. This compares with 1,398 seizures in the other 13 prisons in the Republic combined.

Mountjoy prison however is not the only one that has had to deal with rogue employees. In February 2010, a similar incident occurred at Limerick prison. Thomas Corry (52) was convicted for 5 years  after he was detained with a bag containing cocaine, cannabis resin, 500 tranquilliser tablets, 31 mobile phones, 34 phone chargers, 22 bluetooth headsets and seven Sim cards.

It really is a sad state of affairs when prison officers, who endure a gruelling process to get the job in the first place, aid the very criminals their paid to keep under control. Tighter restrictions on all Irish jails were implemented in 2008, yet some continue to deceive the law of the land.

Our government outlawed head shops, which sold legal highs to addicts who couldn’t get their fix elsewhere. However the government`s move to do such forced those addicts onto the black market and into the hands of the very criminals we as a nation are trying to purge.

There is no quickfire answer to the drug problem that we as a country are currently enslaved to. It could take year to take up the streets but the reality of life is such that, if the demand for drugs remain, so to will the supply.

Taoiseach Congratulates Martin On Leadership Victory

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen was among the first to congratulate Michael Martin who was elected as the new leader of Fianna Fail, despite the turmoil of last week.

Mr Cowen said he wished Martin the best of luck, although he may have frowned at the decision. Last week Martin resigned as Minister for Foreign Affairs, a move that acted as the catalyst for the downfall of the cabinet and Cowen`s departure as leader of Fianna Fail. The Cork TD beat off stiff competition from Eamon Ò Cùiv, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to win the leadership battle.

Ò`Cùiv finished as runner up much to the surpise of many. However it is widely believed that some of Cowen`s followers who remain in the party voted in favour of Ò Cùiv.

Speaking after his appointment , Martin apologised for the “mistakes the party made over the past few years”. He also admitted that his party is facing into the toughest election since the birth of the state.

Cowen pledged his full support to the new leader of Fianna Fail, yet their working relationship may only last weeks.

“I want to offer my best wishes to Micheál today on his election as leader of Fianna Fail. I have told Micheál he has my full support in his new role and I wish him the very best in the immediate task of leading the party into the election. Micheál Martin is a politician of accomplishment and achievement and he has all the right credentials to be a very successful leader of our Party. I believe Micheál has proven in his various Ministerial roles over the years that he has the essential leadership qualities of focused determination, stamina, collegiality and integrity, which will enable him to become a great Leader of the Fianna Fail Party. I wish Micheál the very best of luck.

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