'There is a full scale murder hunt going on here' - Taoiseach Enda Kenny on hotel gun rampage
Taoiseach Enda Kenny called today's horrific shooting "an extreme case" while his party colleague Richard Bruton branded it "a new low".
"Clearly this is a very serious matter... one man was shot dead, the other was very seriously injured and I can't confirm whether he will be able to be kept alive or not.
"I spoke to the Minister for Justice. She had just spoken to the Garda Commissioner. There is a full scale murder hunt going on here, a full scale murder investigation and we hope that the Gardai... will be able to bring those [responsible] to justice."
"Clearly the interpretation here is that this is the work of rival criminal gangs in the Dublin area," Mr Kenny said, adding: "obviously this is an extreme case of criminal activity."
The Regency Hotel is on the edge of Jobs Minister Richard Bruton's constituency and he lives in the area.
"I think it's very disturbing. I mean the Regency Hotel is a family-run hotel as you know - it's a place that many, many people go for a quiet evening or events.
"It is really very disturbing to see that level of wanton violence, the disregard for other people who were there, innocently going about their lives.
"As the Taoiseach said the Gardai will be very determined to pursue these criminals.
"It's a new low I think in that sort of criminal activity," he added.