JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has issued a strongly-worded statement in response to two gangland killings in Laois and Dublin in the last 24 hours.
Shatter said that Gardaí are “absolutely determined to do everything possible” to bring those responsible for “the barbaric murders” to justice.
It follows the death of a man in his 20s who was shot on his doorstep in Portarlington, Co Laois early yesterday morning and the death of a man in his 30s who was shot on the South Circular Road near Griffith College in Dublin last night.
Both men were shot dead in front of their children. Both deaths have been linked to gangland feuds although they are not believed to be related.
Shatter said that the government will continue to support the Gardaí in “counteracting this evil menace in our society” and hailed the efforts of authorities in carrying out a number of arrests and seizures against gangs in recent weeks.
In a statement, he said: “Yesterday’s two barbaric murders starkly illustrate 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.
The Gardaí are absolutely determined to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.
At the same time, I know from my discussions with the Garda Commissioner that the Gardaí will continue to target and bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland crime.
That is clear from the series of recent operations they have launched against gangs and the many drug seizures that have taken place in recent weeks.
“I, and the Government, will continue to resolutely support the Gardaí in every way we can in counteracting this evil menace in our society.”