The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

seems no­body bat­ted an eye­lid re­cently when, in a high-pro­file gang­land trial, the ac­cused – who was found guilty of pos­ses­sion of a gun in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances – pleaded for le­niency to the judge by as­sert­ing that he grew up in Cabra, ‘an area as­so­ci­ated with crim­i­nal­ity’. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. And that slur on one of the great com­mu­ni­ties in the cap­i­tal should be struck from the pub­lic record. Any ca­sual visit to Cabra will demon­strate a thriv­ing com­mu­nity boast­ing ac­tive sports clubs with a great em­pha­sis on look­ing af­ter the el­derly and with beau­ti­fully tended pub­lic ar­eas. The Pa­pal heli­copter will land in Cabra in a fort­night when the Pon­tiff stays in the Pa­pal Nun­cia­ture on the Na­van Road – and Pope Fran­cis will be as safe as houses.

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