More North South co-operation on crime

Sylvia Hermon has called for more co-operation in tackling cross border crime.

Lady Sylvia will take advantage of the visit by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee to Dublin over the next few days to discuss the matter with the head of the Garda’s national bureau of criminal investigation, Noel White.

She said: “I’m well aware that, in November last year, the Garda made additional resources available to tackle serious organised crime. Such resources do, however, need to be deployed effectively. “Most serious organised crime is crossborder and most is paramilitary-linked.

In recent days, Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has confirmed that his view on the continued existence of paramilitary criminality is consistent with that of his senior detectives – it is still prevalent.”

  • gypsynolan

    She might do well to keep her own patch in order first – notably, Bangor’s flourishing drug scene; which, one imagines is fuelled from supplies arriving from Liverpool and Scotland.

  • Brian Boru

    Never! Don’t crack down on fuel/drug smuggling, money-laundering, drink-driving etc. Might lead to a United Ireland…:O

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    That’ a great suggestion from Sylvia. We should start with the RUC providing information about the perpetrators of the Dublin/Monaghan bombing. After all 34 people were killed on that way when unionist paramilitaries colluded with members of the British security forces to carry out bombings which caused the greatest carnage of any single day during the Troubles.

  • seabhac siulach

    “Most serious organised crime is crossborder and most is paramilitary-linked.”

    Don’t you know, just know, that when she is talking of paramilitary-linked crime she, somehow or other, is not thinking of the loyalist groups up to their eyes in sordid drug dealing and other nefarious activities in Ballymena, Portadown and East Befast (all well North of the border)…

    It is, of course, merely entirely coincidental, I am sure, that these comments and deep worries of Sylvia about cross border organised crime come in the very same days in which every other unionist worth their salt is out there (in the absence of any presentable evidence) accusing the IRA of criminality…
    Nothing to do with the imminent publication of the IMC report, of course. Just a coincidence, this new found concern over cross-border ‘crime’.
    Unionism in general wouldn’t be busy cultivating and preparing public opinion in advance to reject any IMC report that even hints at IRA ‘crime’. Nah, that couldn’t be it…

    Bah…

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Svyvia Hermon has allways come across as one of the more thoughful of unionist politicians and has rarely, if ever, played the sectarian card. To an extent she projected the belief that not all unionists went straight for the lowest common denominator when looking for a bit of publicity.

    As already pointed out the statement that’ Most serious organised crime is crossborder and most is paramilitary-linked’ is patently false and is really a lame attempt to outdo the DUP. The overwhelming majority of violence; drug dealing etc is carried out (and has been for some time) by the erstwhile colleagues of the unionist parties. By trying to state otherwise Hermon only succeeds in making herself appear foolish.

  • martin ingram

    Pat,

    Quote”The overwhelming majority of violence; drug dealing etc is carried out (and has been for some time) by the erstwhile colleagues of the unionist parties. By trying to state otherwise Hermon only succeeds in making herself appear foolish.”
    Unquote

    To a point you are right. Loyalist have played a greater part in the drug scene than Republicans. That is not to say Republicans are not involved in this activity because they are.It is true though to say Loyalists have a greater share of this market.

    What you are wrong in though and it is a typical Republican tactic. You are trying to allign the UUP with Para militaries , obviously this linkage helps Republicans because of the clear link between the IRA and Sinn Fein.It sort of sends the message that everybody is at it. That link between the IRA and Sinn Fein remains Republicans achilles heel.

    Martin

  • Arnie Shankman

    Just out of interest, who is Martin Ingram?

    I regularly have look at the site and am sometimes bemused by your posts.

  • Sean

    ‘More North South co-operation on crime’

    SDLP and Fianna Fail amalgamating?