Wednesday 25 April 2018

Post-code stigma is unspoken reality

Victims of crime get different levels of attention in certain areas, writes Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

When an attempt was made on the life of the late Dublin criminal Eamon Kelly at his home in north Dublin in September 2010, his address was initially reported in newspapers as Furry Park Road, Clontarf.

A well-to-do retiree living in Clontarf jokingly said that the papers were wrong and Furry Park is in Killester. The inference was clear: Clontarf is posh and not a place where criminals live. They live in places like Killester and also Tallaght, Crumlin, Drimnagh, Finglas, Ballymun, Darndale, Coolock, Ronanstown, Clondalkin, north and south inner Dublin. As it happens, these are the areas from which the bulk of the city's prison population come.

Address prejudice is an unspoken but absolute reality. A bespoke area name -- Clontarf, Ballsbridge, Foxrock, Killiney, Blackrock -- adds more than cachet. It adds value to property and that was what the "Clontarf/Killester" jibe was about. If crime and criminals were associated with Clontarf, it could adversely affect property prices.

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