Wednesday 22 January 2020

Gang murders not a priority

Life is sacred, but in modern-day Ireland that same life is very cheap. There is not a day that goes by that we don't appear to have a murder.

A great majority appear to be drug- and gang-related. Recently, after a savage gang-related murder, Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said no stone would be left unturned in apprehending the killers.

But at what cost? Any investigation, especially a murder investigation, involves many man hours.

The Garda Siochana, like any state body, has a fixed budget, and if so many gardai are involved in these investigations some other aspects of garda work have to suffer.

In the US, they distinguish between homicide (murder) and gang-related homicide.

Gang-related murders receive basic investigation, such as weapon/bullet retrieval and DNA sampling.

I think the day is fast approaching when we will have to consider a similar system.

Before the civil liberties people jump down my throat, we are not living in a perfect world. The Health and Education departments have had to close wards and A&E units, cancel life-saving operations and reduce amenities for special-needs children to make ends meet.

Dr Aidan Hampson
whitethorn rise, dublin

Irish Independent

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