Sinead Moriarty: What have we done to make such casual savagery a commonplace?
Yesterday in Tipperary, seven armed men stormed into a house in the dead of night. Was it to attack a group of fellow gang members? Were they retaliating for some injustice involving a drug haul? No, they were robbing a man and his wife and their three very young children.
Why they felt the need to break in, armed to hilt with shotguns, to rob a young family living in rural Tipperary beggars belief.
Why did they then feel obliged to smash the father's nose with the butt of a rifle in front of his three daughters (all under eight years of age) and then tie him and his wife up)?