What is the ‘short blackout curtains’ story behind the ‘Bathroomgate’ scandal
The Irish Independent article A ‘Baths” scandal has gripped the country after it emerged a senior politician was caught with an illegal stash of ‘short” curtains.
The curtains were reportedly bought by an official at the High Court of Justice for €300.
But the scandal has now taken a darker turn after a former garda told a court he saw the curtains at a senior official’s house in south Dublin.
Sources told the Irish Independent that the curtains were part of a deal between the senior minister for finance and the garda commissioner for garda security.
A senior garda said the curtains could have been used to conceal a number of weapons including an ‘assault rifle’ and a ‘submachine gun’.
The garda was in the witness box for the court hearing today and did not speak.
The case comes amid a growing number of complaints from members of the public who have claimed they were victims of crimes in their homes and offices.
Gardaí have admitted the curtains are used for surveillance but are defending them.
This is a very serious matter for the Garda Síochána and we take it very seriously, said a spokesperson for the force.
“The curtains are being used in a legal and legalistic way in relation to security operations and therefore it is our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to identify the source and to investigate this matter.”
We will not tolerate any misuse of these curtains and we will be looking at all appropriate means of remedying the matter.
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