Friday 2 December 2016

Times have changed and the gangs will now be pursued

Published 14/11/2015 | 02:30

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Based on its track record, the decision by Irish and British politicians to recommend the establishment of a cross-border corridor for police from both jurisdictions to chase suspected smugglers is a brave one.

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First mooted four decades ago by the British to help them track down wanted republicans, the idea was firmly rejected by the Government and Opposition in Dublin.

It was known then as "hot pursuit", a phrase that quickly became unacceptable in southern political circles.

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