Tuesday 23 May 2017

The new untouchables - and we cannot say we weren't warned

The shocking Regency Hotel gun attack is proof that the new generation of criminals is the worst yet, says Willie Kealy

A Garda cordon outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin, as a major investigation was underway today after gunmen dressed up in police uniforms opened fire in the Irish hotel lobby, killing one man and seriously injuring two others, during a packed weigh-in for a European boxing title fight. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A Garda cordon outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin, as a major investigation was underway today after gunmen dressed up in police uniforms opened fire in the Irish hotel lobby, killing one man and seriously injuring two others, during a packed weigh-in for a European boxing title fight. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

I spent a hour or more on Friday afternoon recording an interview for RTE about Veronica Guerin. Veronica was shot dead by gangsters 20 years ago - murdered - and RTE is making a commemorative programme to be shown during the summer to coincide with that sad anniversary.

It wasn't long after I left the film crew that I heard the news about the fatal gun attack at a boxing weigh-in in a north Dublin hotel. And a few hours later, I saw the horrific footage on the six o'clock news.

It conveyed the real terror as gunmen armed with automatic weapons opened fire in a crowed public area, killing one man, injuring two others and traumatising everyone else present.

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