Thursday 14 November 2019

Justice Minister Alan Shatter attacks ‘evil menace’ of latest gangland shootings

Declan O'Reilly
Declan O'Reilly
Gerard Eglington
Gardai sealing off the crime scene at a house in Portarlington where Gerard Eglington was killed
Gardai at the scene of the shooting on the South Circular Road in Dublin

Mark O’ Regan

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter today insisted the government will "resolutely support" gardai in counteracting gangland activity, which he described as an "evil menace in our society".

“Yesterday's two barbaric murders starkly illustrate that the evil perpetrators have absolutely no respect for human life.

“The callousness of their actions shows that the perpetrators lack even a shred of humanity or decency,” he said.

Well-known criminal Gerard Eglington was gunned down in front of his partner’s 11-year-old daughter in a gangland-type killing yesterday in Portarlington, Co Laois.

A second man – Declan O’Reilly - was shot dead in a similar gangland-style attack near Griffith College on South Circular Road in Dublin at about 8pm last night.

“The gardaí are absolutely determined to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice,” Mr Shatter said.

“I know from my discussions with the Garda Commissioner that the gardaí will continue to target and bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland crime.

“That is clear from the series of recent operations they have launched against gangs and the many drug seizures that have taken place in recent weeks.”

Irish Independent

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