Gardaí have lots in common with RUC

By Brian Feeney (for the Irish News)

Michael McDowell must love passing laws. He’s a man who always reaches for a sledgehammer when he sees a peanut. A new law seems to be his solution for everything. Laws about liquor licences, about minors in pubs, about immigrants and asylum seekers. He even had a referendum about them, laws about badly behaved teenagers. He’s probably passed more petty-fogging laws in his short time in office than any previous minister for justice. For a man bristling out there on the right of the political spectrum, who believes there should be minimum interference by the state in peoples’ lives, his record is one of petty interference anywhere he can in peoples’ lives.

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