The Paul Williams Podcast: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on why mafia-style laws are needed to tackle Irish gangs
In a new podcast series for Independent.ie, Paul Williams interviews the famous - and not-so-famous - from across Irish society. This week, he meets Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to discuss godless gangland killings and their threat to Irish democracy.
In this frank and revealing interview, the Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, tells Paul Williams why his experience of living in Italy and seeing how they dealt with mafia crime bosses, has led him to believe that only similar draconian laws can work in relation to Dublin's gangland killings.
Only with the help of those from within their communities - and especially from the women - can these gangs be stopped believes the Archbishop.
Diarmuid Martin also discusses the declining role and influence of the Church in 21st century Ireland and reveals why Pope Francis is a 'tough as nails' and needs to be to thrive in the Vatican.
The Paul Williams podcast will be available each week on Independent.ie.