Thursday 24 August 2017

Law and order meets Love/Hate in battle to fix our gangland culture

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald talks to the media following the gangland killings. Photo: Tom Burke
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald talks to the media following the gangland killings. Photo: Tom Burke

Niamh Hourigan

The gun attacks in Drumcondra last Friday and the subsequent killing of Eddie Hutch Snr have brought the issue of gangland feuding and organised crime to the forefront of the current election debate.

While many would agree that the Government elected in 2011 faced an uphill struggle in terms of the economy, much of the heavy-lifting in relation to the policing of organised crime had already been done by previous administrations.

The second half of the Celtic Tiger boom had fuelled an increased demand for drugs which led to intense gangland conflicts in Dublin and Limerick. A number of these gangs were nested in marginalised communities where fear and intimidation was used by gang members to ensure that local residents did not challenge them openly or co-operate with gardaí.

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