Wednesday 20 September 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Quinn is no victim of a 'Dub conspiracy'

The rule of law must prevail over the tribal and primitive call to 'stand by our own', writes Gene Kerrigan

OCCASIONALLY, while shopping in a supermarket or a department store, you might see a shoplifter being caught, held and taken away. It's never a pretty sight and one memory stands out. It was an incident in a Dublin city centre store.

I know shoplifting costs the retail trade big money. I know we're each responsible for our own actions. I know a policy of always prosecuting shoplifters may act as a deterrent. And I know the glib cliches about not doing the crime if you can't do the time.

But this was awful. A young woman screaming, pleading, begging to be released, promising, swearing never to do it again.

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