Friday 24 January 2020

Criminals need taste of island life

VERY little shocks me, but the frightening and disgraceful antics of the eight men in the Limerick court case last week and their attitude to the judge left me feeling very disturbed and concerned as to what the future holds for our children.

If this is the present face of the Irish criminal, which shows no respect, regard or remorse while in custody, what in God's name are they like when free?

We owe a large debt to the gardai and to prison staff, who are charged with dealing with these people.

Just as frightening is our small band of very vocal 'do-gooders', who still believe that the rights of the individual -- no matter what they do -- are more important than those of the community as a whole.

For years, I have harboured a dream of a small uninhabited island about 50 miles out into the Atlantic, where both these groups of people could live side by side, safe in the knowledge that they aren't burdened with the same rules and regulations by which the rest of us abide.

Aidan Hampson
Artane, Dublin 5

Irish Independent

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