In the midst of a bitter gangland feud in the Irish capital, the Archbishop of Dublin has moved to ensure that funerals of those killed are not used as overt shows of wealth or perceived influence.
Speaking at Mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral to mark the feast of the archdiocesan patron St Kevin on 3rd June, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warned that “where it can be ascertained that individuals hold direct responsibility in this traffic in evil, they will no longer be allowed to exploit religious services in the Archdiocese of Dublin to enhance their image”.
A feud between two rival drug gangs has left at least 20 people dead in Dublin. Police have said the murders often are linked to “turf wars” over who controls the import and sale of illegal drugs in Ireland. Funerals often have been ostentatious occasions with wreaths commemorating overt symbols of wealth such as Rolex watches and high-powered sports cars.
The archbishop said that while every Catholic had the right to a dignified burial, there would be no more “show funerals” in the archdiocese.
Police and community leaders have warned that the perceived celebrity nature of some of the funerals has a negative effect on young people who may be vulnerable to becoming involved with gangs.
Picture: The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. (Niall Carson/PA).