"THE 23-year-old girl at the
centre of the Galway rape and incest case has made an angry demand
for Justice Minister John O'Donoghue's resignation."
This particular incidence of political corruption in the Republic
of Ireland - which is widely believed by people in Ireland to
represent just a "drop in the ocean" - has recently cost one
government minister (Mr Bobby Molloy) his job.
Veteran "super-politician" Mr Molloy was very suddenly
exposed by Judge Philip O'Sullivan who complained in open court on
April 9th 2002 about "quite improper" approaches he
received in connection with the sentencing of Mr Patrick Naughton -
who had earlier been convicted on charges relating to incestuous
rape and sodomy (among other things) - which he committed against his own daughter over a
lengthy period of time.
"From the age of
nine to 19, he raped and buggered her, and years later
threatened to kill her by throwing her into a bog with a stone
around her neck." (This quote is from the
page article of the April 10th 2002 edition of the Irish