Wednesday 17 January 2018

The death penalty that hangs over our vulnerable and elderly

The crime scene in a shocked Castlebar. Why has life in Ireland become so frightening and potentially violent?
The crime scene in a shocked Castlebar. Why has life in Ireland become so frightening and potentially violent?

'IT'S a terrible tragedy for the town," said Michael Kilcoyne, an Independent councillor in Castlebar, speaking of that shocking, savage killing of the two elderly Mayo brothers, aged 69 and 76.

Yes – yet "tragedy" is something associated with a dreadful blow of fate. The Castlebar killings was more than a tragedy: it was an act of wickedness, deliberately carried out, it would seem, for gain.

We are proud, in Ireland, that we no longer have the death penalty – how we disparage Texas for executing convicted homicides! But we do have the death penalty: our death penalty is meted out to innocent people, such as those two inoffensive old gentlemen who were beaten to death, without mercy and without measure and without, no doubt, warning.

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