Saturday 20 January 2018

Shutting down normal life for a gangland funeral? They'd never let it happen in D4

'Perhaps the starkest example of just how much power we have ceded to these gangs came with Monday’s funeral and the closure of two local schools'
'Perhaps the starkest example of just how much power we have ceded to these gangs came with Monday’s funeral and the closure of two local schools'
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

What a difference a fortnight makes. After the now infamous gun attack in the Regency Hotel on February 5, which saw gangster David Byrne murdered in full view of hundreds of horrified onlookers, we were informed - again - by the authorities that this was an outrage, an abomination and something that would not be tolerated.

In other words, we were treated to the usual stock talking points from members of a political establishment who prove, day after day, that they are woefully ill-equipped to deal with this current scourge.

The huffing and puffing from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald failed to cut much ice with the gangsters.

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