Pat Flanagan: Ireland is a paedophile’s paradise where perverts regularly escape justice
‘Where’s the justice for the thousands of kids were were sexually abused to satisfy this perverted lust for child porn?’
The staff over there should have rang me and I’d have told them straight in three words: This is Ireland.
The Bible tells us it’s easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than a rich man through the gates of heaven.
But with all due respect to the Good Lord, He should try getting a paedophile through the gates of an Irish prison.
The above headline was referring to the case of a retired senior civil servant caught with nearly 60,000 child porn images.
Brendan Phelan was no ordinary pen pusher, he was a principal officer in the Department of Health and Children.
Interesting combination that, health and children and a pervert who walks free from court with a three-year suspended sentence for having 58,585 child pornography images and 1,046 movies. As I said, only in Ireland.
When cornered by gardai and asked if he had child porn, the 66-year-old said he had a “fair bit”.
He wasn’t joking. How long would it take you to acquire that amount of filth?
Handing down this ludicrous suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Martin Nolan said the conviction would bring shame on Phelan and his family.
So what? He’s a paedophile, so it should.
Where’s the justice for the thousands of kids were were sexually abused to satisfy this perverted lust for child porn?
This scandalous sentence is not an isolated case, for in this country you would be hard-pressed to think of anyone convicted of having even the vilest child porn going to jail.
A few weeks previously in the same court Judge Nolan handed down a two-year suspended sentence on another pervert convicted of having child porn and passing it to others online while pretending to be a 15-year-old boy.
But Des Kavanagh, 39, had a good excuse.
Apparently he had suppressed his sexuality as a gay man since he was a teenager and on joining an online adolescent chat group had felt accepted and found support he did not have in real life.
The above pair of perverts can consider themselves lucky they weren’t importing garlic along with the images of children being abused.
Didn’t Judge Nolan sentence a food importer to six, yes, six years and not a day of it suspended, for not paying €1.6million in taxes.
Then there was the case of Patrick Corcoran who also walked free after he was caught with 7,000 images and 21 videos of child abuse back in 2009 at the old Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
I could go on… but you get the picture.
I don’t believe there’s a parent in Ireland who thinks a three-year suspended sentence is the appropriate punishment for possessing almost 60,000 child porn images and videos.
If that is the case then it means there is a serious gulf between what the legal system and the public deem to be a serious crime.
In the case of Phelan, the court heard he didn’t appear to have any romantic or sexual relationships throughout his entire life and this was supposed to be some kind of mitigating factor.
Maybe he was never in any relationships because he was at home by himself masturbating while children were being abused for his gratification.
The courts seem to give scant regard to the welfare of these children but have to listen to the sob stories of paedos who would be still watching child abuse in their bedrooms if not for the work of dedicated detectives here and in other countries.
In the case of Phelan, it was Canadian police who tipped off the gardai.
The authorities here are quick to lambast recreational drug users for creating the market – and the criminality that goes with it – for narcotics.
But you seldom hear the great and the good condemn paedophiles whose perversions finance the
child pornography industry which is responsible for the murder, abduction and rape of young boys and girls around the world.
If there was no demand from the likes of Phelan there would be no child porn so, in effect, they are accessories to the torture and sexual assault on children.
Thanks to the leniency of the sentencing Ireland runs the risk of becoming a child porn hub.
In recent times Eric Eoin Marques, who is accused by the FBI of being the “world’s largest facilitator of child pornography”, has come before the Irish courts.
He fought a four-year battle to prevent his extradition to the US and was willing to plead guilty if he could face justice here
His lawyers said for the crimes involved the “likely prison sentence to be imposed in the United
States range from 24 years up to 100 years”.
They added: “If Mr Marques is prosecuted domestically, the sentence imposed would likely be far less than that.”
In other words – this is a paedo’s paradise. I rest my case.