Timing, location and brutality make crime an election issue
The horror at the Regency Hotel in Dublin is not easily brushed off as a happening in a woebegone urban area which can be boxed off with some tut-tutting and talk of "what can you do?"
It happened in a well-appointed hotel in one of Dublin's nicer suburbs, very close to the centre of the capital.
This same hotel has hosted many political meetings over the years.
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