Ireland: Organised crime, illicit enterprise and/or violent extremism

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"The Irish organized crime milieu has been recognized for its distinction, derived from its characterization as ‘family gangs,’ its international mobility nature, and the influence of paramilitary groups - while remains understudied. On a transnational level, criminal markets across Ireland and the United Kingdom are highly integrated and adaptable to changing trends and events. However, Ireland is treated as a single market for key criminal trades while the shifts in legitimate trading patterns as a result of Brexit, are likely to have a significant impact on organized crime across both countries.

Looking more closely at everyday criminality, the panel also examines cattle smuggling at the Ireland/Northern Ireland border through the 20th century from a historical criminological perspective. Finally, the panel discusses the long history of politically motivated extremism which is predominantly related to the paramilitary violence of the Troubles. However, there is a fundamental difference in how extremisms are understood depending on the ideological orientation of the individual in question. "

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Dr Alexander Chance

Specialist in transnational organised crime and corruption, in particular in peacebuilding contexts. Senior Fellow at The Azure Forum. Associate at Transparency International Ireland. Practising mediator. PhD from Trinity College Dublin.


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