Archbishop Hits out at Cocaine Set and Corrupt Politicians; Wild West: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's 'Shock' at Rising Levels of Violent Crime You Get People Using Cocaine on a Saturday Night and Eating Organic Food on Sunday Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin

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Archbishop Hits out at Cocaine Set and Corrupt Politicians; Wild West: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's 'Shock' at Rising Levels of Violent Crime You Get People Using Cocaine on a Saturday Night and Eating Organic Food on Sunday Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin


Byline: SHONA MURRAY

THE Archbishop of Dublin has launched a stinging and wide-rangingassault on political corruption, crime and middleclass users of cocaine.

In a withering attack on modern Ireland, Diarmuid Martin lashed outwardlyrespectable cocaine users who see no connection between their taking the drugsocially and violent gangland deaths on the streets of our cities.

'There are two different realities in our society,' said Dr Martin.

'Yougetpeopleusingcocaineon Saturdaynight,andeatingorganic food on Sunday.' He also bemoaned the lack of respect in societytowards human life and spiralling levels of violent crime.

In an interview with the Sunday Tribune, the Archbishop revealed his 'shock' atrising levels of crime, and his concern at what he sees asa deteriorating respect for human life.

'What's going on here? Everyday there's another version. Now there's somebodyin a slurry tank,' a clearly dismayed Dr Martin said.

'People get annoyed when you say a garda was killed or an innocent bystander,but you can't have a city where people go around having their wild west, and itdoesn't matter to most of us as long as it doesn't happen on our street.' DrMartinalsoexpressedhis bewilderment at outwardly respectable members of society who saw noconnection between taking drugs and the gangland deaths which have become aregular fixture in newspaper headlines.

'Why is it in Irish society that people who use cocaine for recreationalpurposes don't see any link with a 19-year-old being killed?

'There'sa strange dichotomy in society that these two realities are not being linked.

'People are being killed in one area of the city and the cocaine is being usedin another part,' Dr Martin said.

However, the Archbishop also used the opportunity to address allegations ofpolitical corruption, saying anybody guilty of accepting political bribesshould not take part in the Communion rite.

He said: 'No money is given without some sort of vested interest; allmoneycomeswithatag- corruption in politics isn't just about politicians putting money in theirown pockets.

'Political parties themselves have become dinosaurs which gobble up moneyrather than institutions that mediate between citizens and those who areactively involved in politics.' And the church's most senior cleric in thecapital said people involved in exploitation and corruption should not takeholy communion any more than adrug baron known to have ordered somebody's killing should. …

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