Comment: Warning over state response to organised crime response raises questions

Popular laws brought in to curb organised crime may be extending the power of the state to an unreasonable degree, writes Liz Campbell.

24th February, 2013
John Gilligan arriving at the High Court in 2008. Photo: Collins

Organised crime is a growing concern in Ireland. Though the statistics are complex, the perception is that organised crime - that is, systematic illegal behaviour, carried out by a group motivated by profit and underpinned by the threat or use of violence - is worsening.

Gun crimes and the trafficking of illicit goods and people are more common, but feuds between drug traffickers or rival gangs have become regular occurrences. In addition, organised crime groups...

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