Wednesday 24 May 2017

The policy of leaving things as they are

We are creating a society in which some respond with glee to the death of Traveller children, says Gene Kerrigan

Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Say the word Stardust in my neighbourhood and it still produces pain, almost 35 years after the terrible fire that killed 48 people.

Two weeks ago, just over one fifth of the number of those killed at the Stardust died in the Carrickmines fire. And the grief of that tragedy was thrust onto a small number of families.

Almost immediately, residents of Rockville Drive decided that four-year-old Thomas Connors should not be allowed dwell near them.

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