How the State can prevent badlands which create killers like DundonImage


The Exchequer may be skint at present, but dealing with the Limerick ‘badlands’ should remain an exception. A good parallel is Liverpool, where after the riots there in 1981, prime minister Margaret Thatcher was disinclined to reward such behaviour with much-needed capital investment.

But she was over-ruled by the interventionist, and more socially inclusive Michael Heseltine, who argued that the situation in Liverpool was a special case. Today Liverpool’s docklands regeneration programme is a shining example of how to fight economic collapse with strong state support.

Sadly it can often take a riot or just one incident to provoke serious action. In Limerick, it came in 2006 in the Moyross estate and the shocking injury of two children from a petrol bomb thrown into a car.

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