Interesting post by Mick Fealty on Slugger O’Toole. He draws attention to a Fintan O’Toole article suggesting that Sean Quinn junior, jailed last week for three months is getting preerential treatment in Mountjoy Prison. After just one night in Mountjoy, Mr Quinn was transferred to the Training Unit at Mountjoy, where conditions are obviously better.
There are of course rather a lot of Irish people….perhaps some in Mountjoy…..who would like to get their hands on Mr Quinn. Arguably there is greater risk to high profile rich prisoners from the casual brutality of prison life.
Of course it is a truism that “white collar criminals” are treated better than ordinary decent criminals.
Take for example John Taylor….thats Baron Taylor of the British House of Lords. Banged up for twelve months for false accounting. Well not quite ….he was released after just three months with an ankle bracelet.
Or Jeffrey Archer……whose term in prison included visits to the theatre and lunch with former Cabinet colleagues.
But surely Fintan O’Toole will be aware of his Irish Times colleague Tom Humphries. The Garda would like to question Mr Humphries about serious allegations, first raised in April last year. Alas……Mr Humphries was or is…….gravely ill. He was on suicide watch in a psychiatric hospital. But is ….so far as I know…..no longer in hospital.
So perhaps a journalist from the Irish Times……maybe even Fintan O’Toole ….could tell us whats going on. Hopefully nobody in a white collar profession is getting favourable treatment. Fintan would be outraged by that. Maybe Slugger O’Toole (no relation) should mention it to Fintan.
Still…..in an unrelated matter, the Leveson Inquiry finished hearing evidence. And in another unrelated matter several journalists have been charged with phone hacking.
So far as we know there is only one bona fide white collar criminal in British Journalism. Clive Goodman got four months. I dont know if Fintan knows what prison the single rogue reporter was in…..but we do know he got a nice little cash payment from his employer. I cant think why that would be…..but its obviously not favourable treatment for a white collar criminal…is it?
Still…..we need to be vigilant. If any other journos end up in the clink…..we really should insist that they spend their time at Her Majestys Pleasure in Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville and Holloway. The National Union of Journalists would be outraged if they got favourable treatment…..wouldnt they?