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Mickey Harte: Loyalty before empathy?


Astral Peaks

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We all know of the tragic and still unsolved murder of Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Her death at the hands of person or persons unknown carried with it the fears of many women, who find themselves at the mercy of physically stronger men and the terrible consequences that can occur when those men are drunk or aggressive in their approach to those women. It is a frightening thought that is sometimes given real shape for some women who occasionally pay with their lives.

All the more surprising to see that Mickey Harte has chosen to provide a character reference for a man who admits sexually assaulting a woman, while intoxicated, and leaving her half naked on the side of the road.

Ronan McCusker (27), from Ballygillen Road in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 47-year-old woman after he had met her in a bar. He also pleaded guilty to taking his father's van without his authority, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. Those offences also happened on June 28, 2010.

Defence barrister Brian McCartney told a judge the defendant "comes from a highly regarded family in mid-Ulster who are widely known within the GAA".
It appears to be a case of loyalty to a prominent GAA family before loyalty to women in general, surprising given what happened to his poor daughter, but that's just my view.

Tyrone boss Harte gives reference for sex attacker - Independent.ie
 
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Seanie Lemass

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I have defended Harte on other matters, but that is inexcusable. He seems incapable of saying no to anyone looking for his assistance. Your boy sounds like a total toerag and deserves a nice long holiday.
 

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I have defended Harte on other matters, but that is inexcusable. He seems incapable of saying no to anyone looking for his assistance. Your boy sounds like a total toerag and deserves a nice long holiday.
I have a 16 year old daughter, if God forbid anything happened to her like this I know for a fact that no matter how close I might be to another family, I could never do as he has done.

I wouldn't be able to ever look my daughter in the eye again.....
 

Seanie Lemass

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I have a 16 year old daughter, if God forbid anything happened to her like this I know for a fact that no matter how close I might be to another family, I could never do as he has done.

I wouldn't be able to ever look my daughter in the eye again.....
Same as that.

In fairness to him, he has publically asociated himself with several characters that I don't actual imagine he personally would have much time for. Most recently the chap who murdered his father and got bail for the funeral.

However, I would have major issue with anyone going character witness for the likes of this yoke, with the clear intention of getting him a reduced sentence. Fair enough he is the face of Tyrone GAA but he also has a wider obligation.

And the victim's family are also prominent GAA people so what sort of message is he giving them?
 

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It appears to be a case of loyalty to a prominent GAA family before loyalty to women in general, surprising given what happened to his poor daughter, but that's just my view.
After what he went through with his daughter and you write that. Disgraceful comment.
 

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We all know of the tragic and still unsolved murder of Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Her death at the hands of person or persons unknown carried with it the fears of many women, who find themselves at the mercy of physically stronger men and the terrible consequences that can occur when those men are drunk or aggressive in their approach to those women. It is a frightening thought that is sometimes given real shape for some women who occasionally pay with their lives.

All the more surprising to see that Mickey Harte has chosen to provide a character reference for a man who admits sexually assaulting a woman, while intoxicated, and leaving her half naked on the side of the road.



It appears to be a case of loyalty to a prominent GAA family before loyalty to women in general, surprising given what happened to his poor daughter, but that's just my view.

Tyrone boss Harte gives reference for sex attacker - Independent.ie
What would you expect from someone shared a platform with the Quinns? He's all of one piece.
 

skiii

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The poor fellow is Dennis O'Brien without the money- every chancer in the country turns to him as a last resort.
 

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And the victim's family are also prominent GAA people so what sort of message is he giving them?
That's a shame. Would be much easier if she came from a rugby supporting family! What the hell? Who cares if someone likes to watch people try to put balls in nets? Crazy!

Also, when are we going to get over the idea that being drunk is any kind of excuse for getting up to some debauchery. The guy choose to go out drinking and then choose to do what he did. As far as we're aware, no one was forcing the drink into him so in no way should it be seen as a mitigating factor.
 

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After what he went through with his daughter and you write that. Disgraceful comment.
I would have thought that it was because of what he went through that the comment was made.
 

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After what he went through with his daughter and you write that. Disgraceful comment.
Nothing disgraceful about it...

How else can you view Harte's decision to give a character reference to this scumbag?
 

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I think that's part of it. He is too nice to say no maybe!
If so Seanie, he must be fairly thick not to see the issue here....or very badly advised, perhaps?

Because I doubt he is thick, given what he has achieved as a manager.
 
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Whether he was right or wrong to give a reference in this case, I don't know; but what always bemuses me is the way that people who have been through terrible tragedies seem to be elevated by the media, as if the tragedy gives them some insight or wisdom.
 

Astral Peaks

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Did he put the loyalty of the GAA before his own daughter? No.
So giving this POS a reference is fine, and in no way reflects on what happens to many women and what tragically happened to his own daughter?

Remember, it's not about the GAA per se, it's about being mindful of assaults against women, as his daughter suffered.
 
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