Cuts to justice services come at a heavy cost
On one view, nothing may have prevented the murder of Garda Tony Golden and the serious injury caused to a young woman. The married father of three was shot dead on Sunday by Adrian Crevan Mackin, a dissident republican, as he escorted a vulnerable young woman to her home.
However, it is hard to divorce Gda Golden's murder from the chronic underfunding of our criminal justice system, including An Garda Síochána, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the judiciary.
Adrian Crevan Mackin was brought before the non-jury Special Criminal Court last January on charges of IRA membership but was released on bail some days later.