Sunday 22 October 2017

Terrorised communities need our help... and less apathy from residents of leafy suburbs

Gardaí at the scene of the murder of Gareth Hutch in inner-city Dublin last Tuesday Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Gardaí at the scene of the murder of Gareth Hutch in inner-city Dublin last Tuesday Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

When teams of hitmen carry out public executions, it's clear that gangland crime is a problem for everybody in Irish life, rather than for the inner-city communities being terrorised by it.

Organised crime threatens all of us because it challenges our values and sneers at our aspirations. Those killers are attacking society at large: we stand idly by at our peril.

Seven people dead in gang shootings in recent months, with an eighth likely to happen next week, next month - soon. This is an escalating law and order crisis, yet our leaders wring their hands and moan: "What can we do?" Or words to that effect. That's reason enough for alarm, but another is the level of public indifference to the deaths.

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