Criminals have long exploited the existence of two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. For decades they have transported commodities, alcohol, fuel, and more recently drugs and people from one part of the island to the other to maximise profits. Cross-border crime is the subject of a new study by researchers at Britain’s Keele University. The research team enjoyed unprecedented access to law enforcement agencies, civil society organisations, and the legal profession in both parts of Ireland. Brian Payne, a member of the research team, spoke to Keelin from Belfast.
Since Christmas there have been twenty attacks on elderly people living in isolated areas of Co Donegal but now the people of the county are fighting back with public meetings, night patrols, Neighbourhood Watch and a local Text Alert system. Valerie Cox has been to one of those meetings in the village of Churchill outside Letterkenny and she joins me now.
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Callers react to the shooting dead of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe on Friday night. Noel tells Joe he was a colleague of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe. Marie's son is a garda and she is worried for his safety. More callers join in the conversation
This week the murder of detective Garda Adrian Donohue Paul Reynolds reports from Dundalk, Irelands debt deal prospects and the delay in finding the horse meat source in beef burgers, how much damage is being done to the billion euro industry? Claire is joined in studio by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to discuss Irelands prospects for 2013. Alan Ahearn Econimist NUI Galway and Michael Mc Grath FF TD join the conversation from our regional studios in Galway and Cork and Darragh Mc Cullough Deputy Farming Editor with the Irish Independant talks to Claire about the impact of the ...