'Extreme cases' becoming the norm yet TDs obsess on water
There is a standard approach that broadcast media take in the hours after a murder. A reporter makes their way out to the area and begins a 'vox pop', asking local residents for their reaction.
Normally the stunned neighbours tell how they live in a "quiet area" and "nothing like this has ever happened around here before".
But listening to 'Morning Ireland' yesterday, there was no sense of shock or surprise that two gunmen could charge into the well-known Sunset House pub at 9.15pm on a Monday night and blast a man to death. They told how it's always in the back of their mind that something might happen. Their children had read all about it on Facebook.