Sunday 25 February 2018

Unarmed gardaí a utopian luxury we can no longer afford


Michael Carty

The killing of Garda Tony Golden while responding to a domestic incident brings into sharp focus the dangers faced by our gardaí on a daily basis.

The fact that this murder was committed apparently by a person on bail suspected of terrorist offences is a clear illustration of the disregard for the rule of law by some people and the urgent requirement that our bail laws are in need of reform. The fact that Adrian Crevan Mackin had access to and was in possession of an illegal firearm, despite being on bail, speaks for itself.

The killing by gunfire of a second garda in less than three years in this region reinforces the views of respected journalist Jim Cusack, of this newspaper, that a "corridor of lawlessness" exists along the border involving former terrorists both republican and loyalist. In the context of the high incidence of gun crime, perhaps consideration should be given by the authorities to revising policing methods including arming the gardaí, particularly in some regions.

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