Rural Ireland under siege
As more and more Garda stations close around the country, criminal gangs are increasingly free to attack people in their homes, writes Tom McGurk.
Every night, across rural Ireland, an unknown number (potentially thousands, I suspect) go through an extraordinary ritual before they go to bed. They unlock their steel gun cabinets - these are a legal requirement for holders of the 230,000 legally-held weapons in homes - and remove a shotgun and cartridges from it and bring them up to their bedroom.
The shotgun and cartridges are then placed within easy reach before the gun-owner gets into bed to...
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