Manufacturing Fear



The Save Our Community Meeting in the Anner Hotel Thurles, Co Tipperary last October

Up to 1,500 people gathered at a meeting in Thurles on Thursday night to call for urgent reforms of bail laws to help tackle a growing “epidemic” of rural crime

Senior gardaí were present for the meeting, including Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan and Chief Supt Catherine Kehoe for the Tipperary division.

The gathering heard calls for a series of tough measures to help combat the problem, such as electronic tagging of convicted criminals, stronger trespass laws and greater Garda resources.

Calls for bail law reform to tackle rural crime ‘epidemic’ (Irish Times, October 8, 2015)

Burglaries were down by 5 per cent, 26,246 report crimes last year. That development will come as a relief to the Garda and Government who had both been under pressure over the continued rise in burglaries.

The debate about rural crime was a feature of the election campaign, with claims that burglaries were occurring most frequently in rural areas, despite data showing the problem was growing much faster in Dublin.

…Like drugs offences, gun crime has declined significantly, halving in some areas…

Murder rate falls to 21 year low but threats to kill rise, CSO finds (Irish Times, today)

7 thoughts on “Manufacturing Fear

  1. Clampers Outside!

    “Burglaries were down….”

    Are we comparing like with like?

    Wasn’t there changes to various crime definitions that affect the figs thus making them non-comparable… (or is that the UK that changed the definitions of various crimes? …thus massaging the figures).

    1. phil

      The last time my house was burgerled 3 years ago, so as far as Im concerned the trend is going downwards. Thats how stats work , right?

  2. kingo

    it is clearly still a problem in certain areas. im no fan of Williams and i believe that he exaggerates everything. But rural crime is a problem and the main offenders are members of one self-described ‘ethnic’ group.

  3. Jake38

    Apparently being caught in a car with a couple of Kalashnikovs is not enough to prevent you getting bail in this country. A farce.

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