A 3K STRETCH OF NO-MAN’S LAND

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

1 Gar­daí from Clones re­spond­ing to an in­ci­dent in the di­rec­tion of Cole­man’s Is­land can­not en­ter North­ern Ire­land and as a re­sult must stop where the N54 meets the A3 on the bor­der.

2 The crim­i­nal can travel the three kilo­me­tre stretch of the A3 till the road again meets the stretch of the N54 but it’s still an area gar­daí can­not ac­cess.

3 This stretch of the N54 con­tin­ues for 3.5 kilo­me­tres be­fore the road again crosses into the North and be­comes the A3. This is the stretch of road where the crim­i­nal is un­touch­able. Nei­ther the gar­daí nor the PSNI can en­ter this area.

4 T hree kilo­me­tres fur­ther along this road the crim­i­nal will again emerge on the N54, but this time in Co Ca­van. Aside from dif­fer­ent coloured road mark­ings and speed signs in mph or kph, there is lit­tle else that would sug­gest you are trav­el­ling be­tween two ju­ris­dic­tions – or that you have passed through a no-man’s land for jus­tice.

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