Monday 24 October 2016

'If people are determined to be ruthless killers not every event can be prevented' - Justice Minister on innocent Trevor O'Neill murder

Published 20/08/2016 | 18:13

Frances Fitzgerald Pic Steve Humphreys
Frances Fitzgerald Pic Steve Humphreys

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said police forces cannot prevent every horrific gang murder when “unscrupulous” criminals are determined to kill.

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However, Ms Fitzgerald vowed to take down the gangs behind the tragic murder of innocent father of three Trevor O'Neill in Majorca – the latest victim in the bloody feud between the Hutch and Kinahan crime cartels.

The minister said her “entire sympathy” is with Mr O’Neill’s family including his wife and children who watched as he was shot dead in broad daylight in a case of mistaken identity.

“Clearly this is an appalling and tragic killing. It’s outrageous but be very clear we will do everything we can both here in Ireland and in cooperating with international colleagues,” she told

“Every resource will be made available that the guards need to continue. If people are determined to be ruthless killers not every event can be prevented but everything possible within the scope of An Garda Siochana will be done,” she added.

Ms Fitzgerald said she met her counterpart in Spain in recent weeks and has been assured of the full cooperation of Spanish authorities in the war against gangland violence.

“It is a cycle of revenge and retaliation between unscrupulous people but we have beaten gangs before and subversives and I am confident that we will do so again,” she said.

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