The current Garda Review editorial asks demanding questions.
Questions that challenge our self-image as a civilised, united, rational society free of racism.
It certainly challenges our collective inaction on one of the most violent and tragic murders in recent history. It focuses on the chilling, savage death inflicted on Roma teenager Marioara Rostas, and asks if an Irish teenage had been butchered in such a bestial way, would the response have been the same? It contrasts the protests about medical cards and stag and fox hunting to the communal silence that greeted her death.
Marioara was not the first foreign woman to endure a violent death in Ireland, but are we so inured to the violence and savagery that her death at the hands of psychopathic sadists represents? If so, we have some way to go before we can consider ourselves civilised again.
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