How the government turned its back on Gangland

The Broom kicks off an excellent blog with a link to an equally excellent article in the Tribune by Richard Delevan. I spent fifteen minutes yesterday and five this evening trying to find it. And failed, miserably. It basically takes journalists to bits over their outrage that a ‘gangland style’ could have ‘spilled out of gangland’ and into nice middle class Clontarf. The implication is that its okay when it happens in working class Crumlin. Broom goes on to track the determination of some of victims of summary paramilitary violence not to give up the fight for justice.

  • Mick

    The excellent Mr Delevan has posted the article in question at his blog – The Road to Gangland: Sunday Tribune column

  • “It basically takes journalists to bits over their outrage that a ‘gangland style’ could have ‘spilled out of gangland’ and into nice middle class Clontarf. The implication is that its okay when it happens in working class Crumlin.”

    This is an excellent article (posted here before spotting that Richard is taking emails) with many relevant points and the one quoted above was raised on Primetime last night. It went further, saying that most people fuelling the demand for cocaine are middle class drug users who live in leafy suburbs like Clontarf, who should rethink their indignation about killings on their doorstep.

    Richard is also spot on about ghettoizing areas as ‘gangland’ by lazy, snobbish media. I’ve lived in Crumlin for the last few years and know the area really well, as both of my parents are from here. Crumlin certainly has its problematic representantives but I don’t think it’s helpful that the term ‘gangland’ is bandied around just because of a few guys who have addresses here (while their safehouses are elswhere I’m sure).
    It also reinforces people’s derogatory perception of an area that has many positives.

    As Richard points out, the bulk of people living in Crumlin – including me, some of my family, friends, colleagues, and some media folk I know – are just “ordinary folk who just try to get through their day and make a decent life for their children.”

  • Hey Mick and all…

    Born in Drimnagh, grew in up in Crumlin and like Sinead and many don’t recognise the portrayal of my part of the world I’m seeing in the media at the moment….

    Had a little rant on my blog at the weekend too – http://ricksbreakfastblog.blogspot.com/2005/11/abuse-n-gangstas.html