Thursday 21 September 2017

Gun victim's father says new RTE drama glorifies criminals

Barry Duggan

THE father of an innocent man murdered by a criminal gang has hit out at an RTE drama series for glamorising criminals.

Steve Collins has claimed that 'Love/Hate' -- a four-part drama set in Dublin's gangland which airs on Sunday nights on RTE 1 -- will boost recruitment to the country's criminal gangs.

The Limerick publican's son, Roy Collins (right), was shot dead in the amusement arcade he managed last year. The Collins family has received several threats and is under round-the-clock armed protection by gardai.

Mr Collins said: "A lot of this stuff can be an educational tool and a recruitment tool for the gangsters".

"I guarantee you that there will be a lot more guys interested in going down and talking to the Dundons and trying to rebuild their gang again after they see this type of thing," he said.

An RTE spokesperson said the drama "had been thoroughly researched by an extremely accomplished production team".

'Love/Hate' writer Stuart Carolan said he hoped that viewers would reserve judgment on the series until it had finished airing.

Irish Independent

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