MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Is Shane Ross the ghost of Christmas future?

Put yourself in the shoes of the following person. You are elderly, making your way cautiously through autumnal years. You live alone. You are highly security conscious, because even though you reside in one of the more salubrious enclaves of the State, you have been repeatedly told that your area is a crime-ridden hellhole. You don’t answer the door to strangers.

You especially observe this rule at night, after dark, when the ‘crims’ come out to terrorise. In that vein, it’s just as well that your local, unoccupied garda station is going to reopen, even if it will always be dark and unoccupied after the sun goes down.

Anyway, Christmas can be stressful for the lonely, as burglars sniff big bounty. So on New Year’s Eve, at around 9pm, when the door reverberates in an unexpected knock, you freeze. The crims have come out to wreak their terror.

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