The cold-blooded murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe highlights just how low our values have become in Ireland.
Extreme violence is now an everyday event. Organised criminals are unafraid to engage in open warfare on the streets. Murders are commonplace, while the criminals assert their power in lucrative turf wars.
Every two-bit hoodlum appears to have easy access to firearms and is not deterred by any threat of punishment.
The most successful method of policing is policing from within the community. Daily contact with the local community will foster good relations, deal with local concerns and, most importantly, generate a wealth of criminal intelligence.
Custodial sentences for unlawful possession of firearms should be severe and consistent.