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Life imitating TV as gang leaders model their tactics on 'The Wire'

There are remarkable similarities between 'The Don' and the US TV character 'Marlo', writes Jim Cusack

Published 17/01/2010 | 05:00

Life is imitating art on the streets of Dublin as the new generation of gang leaders model themselves on the Baltimore drug gangs in the hit US detective series, The Wire.

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The Wire is highly popular with police around the world and the gardai are no exception. Detectives in Dublin speak with relish about the authenticity of the portrayal of the lives of the homicide department detectives who conduct the wire-tap investigation that is the common thread of the five-part series. They find author David Simon's characterisation of the conniving senior management and the meaningless utterances and daft "anti-crime" policies of the politicians hilarious.

The series is also very popular with Dublin's new generation of gangsters and, according to garda sources, the gangland figure behind a number of recent killings is a massive fan.

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