Sunday 22 October 2017

John Downing: Garda's murder heightens national unease over security

John Downing

John Downing

MANY political predictions turn out to be wide of the mark. Sometimes, when the political pundits get the predictions right, it is not their fault. Predictions can be right for the wrong reasons – or through complete happenstance.

Very occasionally predictors are truly brilliant and hit the bullseye; the posh word then is "perspicacious". And the rarity with which that word is aired speaks for itself.

There is a very dark side to all this apparently light-hearted musing on life this Monday morning. The truly sad part is that it took a gun-toting yob, who joined other gun-toting yobs to rob a people's bank last Friday night, and in the process murdered the young father of a family who was doing his duty, to bring this point home.

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