RTÉ and the newspapers go into overdrive to give us all regular updates, including biographies, on the drug dealers operating in Dublin. Do we really need all this information? Does no editor think that rather than glamorising these people, there should be very limited information on their lifestyles, who they are related to and how they live above the law? Taxpayers are more interested in having the resources of the law directed at managing a fair and safe society.

Edel Hurley,
Co Dublin.

Reporting crime (Irish Times letters page)


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On the day that Dublin buries a second victim of the recent upsurge in gangland violence, we’ll [The Late Late Show on RTÉ 1]  get the lowdown from crime correspondent Paul Williams on who the key players are in this latest feud. We’ll find out what they’re worth, where they’re stashing the cash and how they are controlling the Dublin crime scene from their sunny bolt holes in southern Europe….

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24 thoughts on “Crim Tidings

  1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

    Hey, at least a woman is engaging politically, so that’s something. Bless.

  2. Optimus Grime

    OMG I can’t miss the Late Late tonight – Sitting in and goin “That’s shockin, they should be locked up”.

    1. Optimus Grime

      Oh no wait its Paul Williams not Paul Reynolds. I always imagine him going round on his daily business calling everyone from the milkman to the local butcher “King Scum” and “Toe rag”

  3. ahjayzis

    It’s covered by the likes of Paul “these scumbags who pay my wages” Wiliams like a liveblog of a soap opera. Petnames and everything.

    And our police provide private security gratis for their funerals to shut down roads and ferry wanted criminals around the city.

    Internment anyone?

    1. Neilo

      Yes, please! But I shouldn’t imagine PIRA/SF would be overly keen. I mean you know what they think of the Special Criminal Court.

      1. ahjayzis

        I actually think the whole advent of telepresence negates a need for the SCC.

        You could have a jury in a garda station plugged into a Cisco display 500 miles from the trial.

        We should at least be rolling back on it a bit since massive armed paramilitary armies aren’t a thing anymore – not expanding the process.

        SF are just idiots for even opening their mouths about it given their history and their mates tax dodging.

  4. scundered

    By all means report on them, but maybe highlight their failures in life instead, let’s have a bit more mockumentary in the direction. The media are making it more attractive for stupid kids to idolise them.

  5. Neilo

    In fairness, the one time that lowercase G from Limerick blew his brains out when demonstrating how to shoot someone in the head was comedy gold.

  6. DubLoony

    If its know where they stash their cash, how about telling CAB about it.
    Use it to fund injection rooms for addicts and increase in sports, recreation and edcation facilities for young people.

  7. ollie

    Paul Williams, he’s some man to get the inside track on crime. In fact, he’s so good that he makes it look likt he has information that only the Gardai would have……… but that’s impossible.
    Not to be mixed up with Paul Reynolds who confused Garda uniforms with paramilitary clothing, totally accidental of course.

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