Fan­cyy­our­selfasa pri­vatein­ves­ti­ga­tor?

Novem­ber 1991

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

An ad­ver­tise­ment in last week’s edi­tion, for a trainee pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor, had many peo­ple won­der­ing whether the no­tice was for real.

Some read­ers who at­ten­tion was caught by the ad­ver­tise­ment thought it had been in­serted as a joke, but in the light of to­day’s ad­ver­tis­ing costs, that was hardly likely.

Any­way, in the man­ner of all the best sleuths, we at Wex­ford Di­ary tracked down the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble, In­ter­na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tions Ire­land Ltd., and dis­cov­ered that they are, in fact, deadly se­ri­ous.

Yes, the com­pany run by found­ing di­rec­tor Derek Nally, a for­mer De­tec­tive Garda Sergeant, which oper­ates of­fices in Dublin, Belfast, and Bun­clody, is cur­rently search­ing for a trainee pri­vate eye.

Ideally, the per­son should be aged be­tween 23 and 35, and dis­play a nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous na­ture with the de­ter­mi­na­tion and abil­ity to work un­usual and of­ten te­dious hours.

Any­one with their sights set on a glam­orous ca­reer can for­get it, ac­cord­ing to Derek, whose in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the where­abouts of a miss­ing per­son have just been filmed by Chan­nel Four Tele­vi­sion.

‘It’s not as ex­cit­ing as it sounds. It’s not like Mag­num or Moon­light­ing. You might think that all there is to sur­veil­lance is wait­ing out­side a drive­way for a car to emerge and then fol­low­ing it for twenty-five miles with­out be­ing no­ticed. That’s a load of codswal­lop.’

As for the Moun­tie-like be­lief that the pri­vate eye al­ways gets his man, that’s an­other myth, says Derek, whose com­pany cur­rently em­ploys nine in­ves­ti­ga­tors and six ad­min­is­tra­tive staff.

Most of the work in­volves sur­veil­lance and comes mostly from cor­po­rate clients like in­surance com­pa­nies anx­ious to es­tab­lish how bona fide claims are, as well as firms crack­ing down on in­ter­nal thefts and fraud.

Any­one who feels that they can put up with ‘a lot of hang­ing around and bore­dom’ should ap­ply with­out de­lay.

Sim­i­larly, any­one pos­sess­ing the pa­tience and for­bear­ance to sit around in a ditch in the rain for hours on end shouldn’t hes­i­tate to send off an ap­pli­ca­tion.

‘ There are three main re­quire­ments,’ says Derek in elab­o­ra­tion. ‘ The abil­ity to be a good in­ves­ti­ga­tor, a good re­port writer, and a good wit­ness in court.’

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant will be fully trained in all types of in­ves­tiga­tive skills, in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and video skills.

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