Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

It's been a week now since I contacted Gardai to ask for a response to allegations that the only sketch of a suspect in the brutal, unsolved murder of RTE set designer Charles Self has 'went missing' from detective files. I was told by the press office that my query had been passed to the investigating … Continue reading Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

Jim Wells fantasist claims: ‘I’m child of evil paedophile priest’

  By Patricia Devlin A FANTASIST who made a false police report claiming former Health Minister Jim Wells made homophobic comments at a public event has claimed she is the child of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth. Dorothy 'Dee' Gardener made the astonishing allegation on an internet broadcast show where she also sensationally claimed to have no criminal convictions. In a … Continue reading Jim Wells fantasist claims: ‘I’m child of evil paedophile priest’

Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas

ONE of the longest running newspaper investigations I have ever carried out was one involving a Co Tyrone puppy farmer who was selling hundreds of sick and dying dogs to animal lovers across Ireland. Co Tyrone woman Wilma Little posed under so many aliases, used so many phone numbers and managed to meet 'customers' in … Continue reading Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas

Confirm you said “Struck by a train”?

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“Writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in mental health” My GP explained at the end of my 15 minute consultation with her. 

Not really my thing but I’ll give it a go”I duly replied, never expecting that I would actually start a blog let alone write about traumatic experiences. I only made the appointment with my doctor as I felt I needed a little bit more time off work following the discovery of  my fathers decomposing body. My plan was to get the time off, let the dust the settle and get back into running then return to work feeling fresh.

Last week – rather nervously I might add – I decided to  follow through with the idea of writing and posted a blog about a memorable day I had during my operational tour of Afghanistan during my military career…

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The dangers of working under Ireland’s red light

Orginally published in the Irish Daily Star, November 2016. A MAN posed as a garda before threatening and forcing a call girl into performing oral sex in a hotel room in Sligo. That's just one of the horror stories shared by sex workers here who are regularly attacked, robbed and scammed by local punters. The reports, used to … Continue reading The dangers of working under Ireland’s red light

Catholic church doctored books of mother and baby homes to claim cash from Irish State

Young mums and adoptive parents of children also duped into handing over cash to nuns in 40s, 50s and 60s. Patricia Devlin NUNS were doctoring the books of two notorious mother and baby institutions to fraudulently claim government cash for single mothers no longer there. Adoptive parents and young mums were also duped into handing over money on a monthly … Continue reading Catholic church doctored books of mother and baby homes to claim cash from Irish State

Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America

By Patricia Devlin A SHELVED report which revealed concerns nuns falsified the deaths of babies before selling them to parents in the USA was seen by two Ministers, a former HSE chief has claimed. Former Children and Family Services assistant director Phil Garland says the explosive 2012 report was passed to then Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Health … Continue reading Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America

He made millions from heists, armed robberies and drugs, but today this criminal godfather has just €3.50 in his pocket

  By Patricia Devlin CHRISTY 'Bronco' Dunne was once the King of Ireland's criminal underworld who made millions from heists, armed robberies and trafficking drugs Today he lives in a Co Dublin council flat with just €3.50 in his pocket. The man who pulled off Ireland's first Tiger Kidnapping certainly is living proof that crime doesn't … Continue reading He made millions from heists, armed robberies and drugs, but today this criminal godfather has just €3.50 in his pocket

‘Brainwashed into believing our mother abandoned us for 18 years’

LAST month I got speaking to two very brave brothers who decided to share their desperately sad story of how their father brainwashed them against their own mother. JP and Brendan Byrne, both from Dublin, are the only authors in Ireland (that I am aware of) who have tackled parental alienation in this way. Their story … Continue reading ‘Brainwashed into believing our mother abandoned us for 18 years’