” YOU CONDEMN MURDER BUT WHEN SOMEBODY SHOOTS A PERSON IN COLD BLOOD IN FRONT OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD CHILD IT IS AN ACT OF DEPRAVITY ” – Deputy Garda Commissioner Nacie Rice.
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MORE people have died in gangland violence in the Republic so far this year than in all of last year. The latest murders of two men in front of their children have been condemned as ” barbaric ” by the justice minister.
Declan O’Reilly (32), of the Crumlin area of Dublin, was walking with his 11-year-old son when he was gunned down at 8 pm on Monday. He was taken to St James’s Hospital but was pronounced dead. Gardai are waiting to speak to the 11-year-old boy about his father’s killing. Less than 12 hours earlier, Gerard Eglington (27) suffered fatal gunshot wounds in front of his 11-year-old stepdaughter and three-year-old son when a gunman entered the family home in Portarlington, Co Laois, and opened fire. While the murders are thought not to be connected by Gardai, have said both men were connected/linked to Dublin’s criminal gangs. Their deaths bring to 12 the number of people to die as a result of gangland violence so far this year, compared to 11 for all of last year. Justice minister Alan Shatter yesterday said the ” barbaric ” killings illustrated that the ” evil perpetrators have absolutely no respect for human life “. ” The callousness of their actions shows that the perpetrators lack even a shred of humanity or decency,” he said.
Mr Shatter said gardai were ” absolutely determined ” to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice and that the force was continuing to ” target and bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland crime “. Deputy Garda Commissioner Nacie Rice condemned the murders as ” acts of depravity “. He said that ” right-thinking ” people were ” absolutely appalled at the viciousness and cruelty ” of the attacks. ” You condemn murder but when somebody shoots a person in cold blood in front of an 11-year-old child it is an act of depravity,” he said. Mr Rice said that over the past two years, gardai had been able to keep a ” cap ” on gang-related killings in the state but that there had been a recent ” spike ” in the figures. Earlier this month senior Real IRA member Alan Ryan was shot dead in a gangland-style attack in the Clongriffin area of North Dublin. Gardai have said they believe drug gangs targeted him because he was involved in an extortion racket in the city. They fear that the murder will lead to further clashes between republican dissidents and criminals in Dublin, particularly after the Real IRA issued a statement vowing to seek revenge for the murder.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : SOUTHERN CORRESPONDENT, VALERIE ROBINSON, IRISH NEWS.