Gangland killings are sixth and seventh murders in just 11 weeks
Last night's brutal gangland killings are the sixth and seventh gun murders in just over 11 weeks.
After a relatively peaceful 2015 this year has started off with a brutal run over gun killings that show no sign of slowing down.
On February 5 senior Kinahan gang member David Byrne was shot dead when killers, disguised as police and carrying AK47s, stormed the Regency Hotel in North Dublin.
Just three days later Eddie Hutch Snr - a brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - was shot and killed in retaliation.
His murder was followed by the killing of former Real IRA member Vincent 'Vinnny' Ryan in Finglas, North Dublin on February 29.
His murder is not believed to be linked to the Kinahan/Hutch feud.
On April 4, innocent drug addict Martin O'Rourke was shot and killed on Sheriff Street in what gardai believe was a case of mistaken identity.
Independent.ie recently revealed that the gun homicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was almost six times that of England/Wales.
And, contrary to popular belief, the gun homicide rate in the Irish Republic was more than double that of Northern Ireland for the ten years from 2005 to 2015.
In the last decade there were 201 gun murders or manslaughters in the Republic of Ireland between 2005 and 2015 (statistics below).
The corresponding figure for Northern Ireland was 37; for Scotland it was 34; andEngland/Wales - where the figures are merged - there were 420 gun homicides.
The per capita rate for Scotland was 0.064 per 100,000 per annum; Northern Ireland was 0.204; and England/Wales was 0.075. Incredibly the rate in the Republic at 0.437 was more than double that of the North and almost six times the English and Welsh figures.