Donal MacIntyre won't objectify Noonan
Donal MacIntyre does have a small amount of respect for criminal Dominic Noonan because he thinks he does "represent" some "good values".
Donal MacIntyre does have some "respect" for notorious criminal Dominic Noonan
The investigative journalist has created a documentary about his family 'At Home with the Noonans' and although he admits he abhors some of the crimes he has committed - including torture and kidnap - he believes there is more to him.
He told BANG Showbiz: "I respect the parts of him that represent good values and the good things he does, and he knows clearly I disrespect and abhor all those crimes that he does. But I'm looking at him as an observer, I don't look at him in terms of a moral object.
"The whole criminal underclass who are anti-establishment, who are happy to break the law- to observe it, you have to meet them with a certain degree of neutrality."
He also compares the programme to '7 Up', a show which followed seven year olds in 1966 every seven years until the present day.
He said: "It's like '7 Up' for gangsters- the series that followed seven-year-olds in 1966, and they're still following them now. A story told over a longer time is a better and truer story.
"We show you a kid growing up aged 7, and show his route into juvenile crime from the age of 7 to 17."
"At Home with the Noonans" starts April 22nd on Crime and Investigation Network.