Comment: The gardaí are meant to be our protectors - are they seriously going to abandon us to anarchy?
The most basic function of any State is to keep its citizens secure. It is also charged with providing an efficient health service, a good education system and social supports for the poor, unemployed and those in need.
But that we feel safe in our beds at night and while walking our streets is fundamental in a civilised world.
Ireland is facing into a winter of industrial discontent.