Thursday 14 December 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Politicians' outrage is real, but they must be practical

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Adrian Donohoe's death reminds us that there's more to life in this country than meeting fiscal targets, writes Gene Kerrigan

There's no doubt that the disgust and anger expressed by government politicians is genuine. The killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shocking on every level – political, personal and community. But, on top of the genuine anger it might be expected that there's also a feeling that this was the last thing the Government needed.

It was the week in which the closing of over 130 rural garda stations continued, with protests within many local communities. It was also the week in which the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors pulled out of talks designed to cut pay and extend working hours. What the Government didn't need was this tragic reminder that there's more to life in this country than meeting fiscal "targets".

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