Migration to the 'Costa del Crime' makes life easy for the criminal elite
OUT of the main holiday season in Alicante or Malaga, if you hear raucous Dublin voices, with the odd Limerick or border accent on the sidelines, as you stop by any busy late-night club or pub, you might need to watch your step.
Too much jewellery, four-wheel drives badly parked and indications that the revellers are buzzing on something other than the expensive booze they are guzzling are all giveaway signs.
The Irish criminal elite has decamped to the south-east coast of Spain - the Costa del Sol - in the past seven years in the same way that their counterparts in London's crime world did in the Eighties. In his book on Dublin criminals, Crime Lords, Paul Williams of the Sunday World pointed out that the London gangs relocated themselves after Spain dropped its 100-year-old extradition treaty with Britain in its dispute over the sovereignty of Gibraltar.