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Garda Commissioner to personally oversee funerals of two men murdered in Dublin

A five-day preparation period in advance of the funerals is also expected.

Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

THE GARDA COMMISSIONER Nóirín O’Sullivan is set to personally oversee the funerals of two men killed in Dublin in the past week.

The killings have sparked a renewed focus on gang-related crime, with fear of potential further fallout.

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM this morning, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was asked by the host if he would feel responsible if a “major slaughter” happened at the funeral of David Byrne, the man killed in the Regency Hotel last Friday.

The Taoiseach responded by saying that it was his understanding that O’Sullivan would be overseeing the funerals of both men.

I understand that there is a five day preparation for the funeral. Remember that there were two people murdered on the streets here. One in broad daylight and one in the evening. This is a situation that you can’t tolerate from criminal gangs.

This follows the news yesterday that gardaí had warned Independent News and Media reporters that their safety may be at risk from organised criminals.

This led Renua leader Lucinda Creighton to call for the election campaign to be called off to allow for the government to reconvene and discuss the killings.

During the course of the interview, the Taoiseach was also quizzed on a number of other issues, including patients on trolleys, Irish Water and his performance on last night’s Newstalk/ TV3 debate.

Speaking about his difficulties with Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, Kenny said:

My problem with Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil is this: one wrecked the country, the other would wreck it. And if the two of them were to work together you would have chaos.

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