Angry public will send a clear message to politicians who neglected crime fight
The choreographed fanfare which accompanied the announcements of tough new bail legislation for repeat offenders and a nationwide Garda crackdown has failed to assuage the collective anger and fear of the people in rural Ireland.
The decision to hold a second 'monster' public meeting in Trim, Co Meath on Tuesday, November 24, to highlight the issue of crime in the north-eastern region sends a clear message to the Government - we haven't gone away, you know.
The organisers, all of whom are victims of crime, have slammed Operation Thor as "a joke" and a "cynical stunt" designed to distract attention from a major electoral headache. Ronnie Owens, the chairman of the organising committee for the Trim meeting, denounced the Garda crackdown and said that Operation Thor would be better renamed "Operation Blur".