Jim Cusack: Bad old days of gangland could return under FG
Gardai warn that Alan Shatter's policies will allow gangs like John Gilligan's to run amok again
Published 13/01/2013 | 05:00
Senior gardai are warning of a looming law and order crisis like that which befell the country during the last Fine Gael-Labour government when a laissez-faire attitude to policing led to the murder of Veronica Guerin.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter should spend a Friday night in the back of an unmarked garda patrol cart in inner-city Dublin and then visit station cells, a garda serving in one of Dublin's busiest stations suggested last week. He was angry at Mr Shatter's performance on Today with Pat Kenny last Tuesday morning in which he maintained that cuts, insisted upon by the troika, would be implemented without seriously affecting garda performance or morale.
"Let him see what it's like through our fellas' eyes. They are battered and spat at. The gougers stand in front of (garda) cars and give us the fingers and fuck us out of it. And there's nothing we can do," the officer said. "I'd like to see him sitting in the back of a squad car for a full eight-hour shift on a Friday night and experience the mayhem. And he should have a look in at a custody suite and see what it's like."