Fairly shocking news from the Republic. Despite a three per cent drop in serious crimes overall, crimes against the person have risen exponentially. According to Carol Coulter, Michael McDowell puts the blame squarely on organised crime.
There is little doubt in his mind as to the originating cause of the increase in murder rates:
“If you peddle death by dealing in drugs, killing people who don’t pay you or who get in your way is a minor moral problem,” he said. Internationally, drug dealers hired other people to do their killing for them, which made their crimes harder to detect, he said.
And it fits a long term pattern:
In 1995, with a population of almost 3.6 million people, there were 102,484 headline crimes, or the equivalent of 29 crimes per 1,000 of the population,” he said. “For the 12-month period ending 30 June last, with a population of over four million, there were 97,208 headline crimes, the equivalent of 24 crimes per 1,000 of the population.”