Thursday 8 December 2016

We must find new ways to confront the men of violence in our society

Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

It feels like the nightmare of 1996 all over again. Twenty years ago our lawmakers were galvanised into action following the murders, mere weeks apart, of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe and 'Sunday Independent' crime journalist Veronica Guerin, whose life was callously taken away as a result of her pursuit of Ireland's drugs and organised crime gangs.

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The public outcry following those atrocities was met by a cross-party political response that was both radical and remarkable.

In one day alone, six pieces of legislation - including the Criminal Assets Bureau Act and Proceeds of Crime Act - were introduced in the Dáil to help dismantle Ireland's drug barons.

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