'Spain has been a home from home for many Irish criminals'
The recent gangland murders in Dublin highlight the international dimension of serious crime. While murders are taking place on the streets of Dublin, the real decisions as to who can live or die rest with an international syndicate pulling strings from the Costa Del Sol.
It's patently obvious from recent events that European co-operation in tackling international crime is both dysfunctional and outdated. But more importantly, there has to be a willingness in those counties where they pull the strings to confront and tackle the bosses.
It's madness to think that we can fight international crime on a 'member state by member state' basis any more. Freedom of movement across the EU is an enormous benefit to European society. But the freedom of movement for gangland crime was not the original intention of the EU.