Sunday 26 February 2017

No vision, no strategy, no money: why Dublin is a haven for violent gangs

Eddie Molloy

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch in Dublin city centre on Tuesday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch in Dublin city centre on Tuesday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Just before last Christmas, the CEO of the HSE, Tony O'Brien, said "there is no shared vision of the health service" and some days later, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny commented "and that's why so many efforts at reform are haphazard".

The recurring problems in our health service, together with the housing crisis, our dilapidated water infrastructure and the latest headline-grabbing story - a spate of gangland murders in Dublin city centre - have one thing in common: they reflect the lack of long-term thinking and planning in our political system, which is driven by short-term opportunism with an eye to the next election.

Also true of these and other seemingly intractable problems is that they didn't have to come about; they could have been prevented.

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