Murders prove that life is cheap on the streets
"LIFE'S cheap now." Three simple words summed up another bloody weekend on the streets of Dublin that ended with the lives of two more young men violently cut short.
Nowhere is this sense of fear more palpable than on Ferrycarrig Road in Coolock on Dublin's northside.
Residents of the sprawling estate kept a close watch as officers from the Garda Technical Bureau examined the scene where Noel Deans was shot dead at about 10.20pm on Saturday.
It was at another house on Ferrycarrig Road that John Paul Joyce (30) was last seen alive earlier this month before he was bundled in the back of the car. The drug trafficker's body was later found near Dublin Airport.
And Warren O'Connor (24), the innocent young man stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning after complaining about noise at a party, lived in the adjacent Ferrycarrig Green.
Gardai don't believe the three violent deaths were linked, but those living in Ferrycarrig have been left reeling, and angry.
"There are some lovely, lovely families here and yet these things are happening on our doorsteps -- it isn't good enough," one elderly woman said.
Another man, who did not want to be identified, said the latest murder victim, Mr Deans, was "well-known" locally.
"His girlfriend lives around the corner there, and I think they have a kid. He's been in and out of jail for some stupid things down the years, but I'd be very surprised if he's heavily involved in drugs or gangs or anything like that.
"And even if he was, he didn't deserve to be shot like that. But life's cheap now," he said.