Saturday 3 December 2016

Taking responsibility

Published 28/08/2016 | 02:30

Burns, of Bath Road, Balbriggan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to two counts of the sale and supply of drugs under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Stock image)
Burns, of Bath Road, Balbriggan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to two counts of the sale and supply of drugs under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Stock image)

Sir — No doubt there are many sincere expressions of sympathy offered to the family and friends of Trevor O’Neill, who was cold-bloodedly murdered in a case of mistaken identity in Spain, as he holidayed with his family.

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There is also no doubt that some of these expressions of sympathy are from people who regard themselves as part of respectable society and who, occasionally, engage in the “recreational” use of a line of heroin or cocaine. Like it or not, these otherwise law-abiding productive members of society swim in the same sewer as those odious drug barons who deal in death and misery. If there were no buyers, there would be no sellers.

These recreational drug users enrich and empower these dregs of humanity by their purchasing of drugs. It should be remembered that these loathsome creatures who blasted the life out of Trevor O’Neill also blasted the life out of Limerick rugby player Shane Geoghegan in another case of mistaken identity.

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