Wednesday 21 February 2018

It's time for urgent action to take these killers off our streets

Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke

Only when money matters more than life can you have six murders within four months. And in gangland, money is all that matters. This happens insidiously when the law of the street subverts the law of the land. It creates a lethal space where decency, humanity, and respect for law and the right to live peacefully, are all seen as signs of weakness. We can not allow such an arid killing zone to be established in the heart of our capital city.

Yesterday's cutting down of Gareth Hutch - which makes him the seventh victim in the gangland war with the Kinahan drug cartel - tells us much about the clinical ruthlessness of the killers.

We have learned once again that the murderers have no fear of being impeded. They will strike at will, where they choose, whether it is in broad daylight or under the cloak of midnight. And they will undoubtedly murder again; unless, that is, they are stopped. It is pertinent to ask what does it tell us about the kind of society that we have become?

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