Sunday 21 January 2018

Editorial: A child will be killed due to gun crime

THE risk to innocent children from gun crime has been brought into sharp focus by two incidents in the space of a few hours.

In the first, a six-year-old girl was left traumatised after seeing her father shot in the leg in Ballyfermot on Friday evening.

As the Herald reveals today, its the second shooting the little girl has witnessed.

According to her family, she saw Sean Scully - also six - shot in the neck last year when he was hit by a criminal's bullet that was intended for someone else. He was left using a wheelchair.

In the second shocking incident, an 11-year-old boy was woken by the sound of the windows of his Tallaght home being smashed. As the boy fled with his family, he was shot in the arm.

That anyone in our city falls victim to criminals using guns to carry out their reign of terror, is unacceptable. That children are in the line of fire is sickening in the extreme.

How long will it be before a child's life is lost to this madness?

On course for rugby glory

IRELAND’s resounding victory over England in a freezing Aviva Stadium has kept this year’s hopes of Six Nations glory alive.

With three matches down, Paul O’Connell and the lads not only have a chance to retain the championship, take a grand slam as well.

They were no doubt celebrating a well-earned victory last night. Roll on Wales and Scotland.

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