Anniversary of gangland atrocity
Today marks the first anniversary of one of the most shocking events ever related to gangland culture in Ireland, a culture which has existed in Dublin, in particular, for several generations and has thrived to varying degrees at different times down the decades, extending its reach into other parts of the country. Gangland culture is not confined to Ireland, of course, but exists in many if not most developed countries worldwide, wherever the correlation between the illicit drug trade and crime has developed.
This day last year gangland figures armed with AK47s and dressed in mock Garda tactical uniforms stormed a hotel in broad daylight, opened fire and murdered a man, in the process sparking what is referred to as a 'feud', but which is out-and-out warfare, that has claimed the lives of many since, including people with no association at all with gangland crime, other than to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, or to have spoken to the wrong person.
Law enforcement professionals worldwide have shown supreme dedication and face risks daily to defend citizens against such criminal activity, yet gangland culture continues to evolve with ever more degrees of sophistication and brutality. The mutual relationship between illicit drugs and crime is at the core of the problem. The gardai here, with their counterparts internationally, strive to contend with this issue by both enforcing the laws against drug use and also by disrupting supply. It is a never-ending battle, interrupted by occasional successes, before the many-headed serpent evolves and resumes as before.