Friday 21 July 2017

Willie Kealy: Brave officers are facing down very criminals we try to ignore

Gardai put their lives on the line for our protection every day, writes , so our righteous anger at this killing mustn't be forgotten

Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

We all watched Love/Hate with a kind of fascination. It was exciting entertainment. But week after week, we had a feeling at the back of our minds that it was more than that. And as life began to imitate art it became clear that what we were getting was a glimpse into real life. Not the ordinary humdrum life of the majority, but a life completely devoid of any kind of moral compass centred entirely around the most base elements of human nature.

It is a sub-culture we mostly do our best to ignore. We feel that largely we can live our lives without it touching us. When we hear of another gangland killing we tend to shrug in a live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword sort of way. Animals, we think. And if they want to wipe each other out, well that's the life they have chosen because their only guiding principle is a vicious greed.

But it does touch us.

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