Irish Independant (http://www.independant.ie) Tuesday 26th 2012
The shock of reporter Eugene Moloney’s violent death on a Dublin street was felt with special force by members of the staff of the Irish Independant newspaper, where he worked for many years.
‘The task of containing the damage falls on an overworked Garda Siochana.
There is no doubting their speed and skill when confronted with serious incidents: the present case affords an example.
But citizens have long been dubious about their role in prevention.
There is no substitute for a highly visible police presence, preferably on foot.
Garda chiefs, like the chiefs of other forces, have argued that up-to-date technology compensates for its absence.
Most of the public think otherwise. They think that with more police, our cities would be safer places.
And despite all the economic woes and financial difficulties, they are willing to pay for that security.’