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Tuesday 20 March 2018

'There's great fear out there ... this attack was in broad daylight'

A garda escorts an elderly lady past the crime scene.
A garda escorts an elderly lady past the crime scene.

Kevin Doyle and John Brennan

There has been widespread condemnation of the latest gangland killing of Vincent Ryan in Dublin yesterday.

Noel Rock, the newly-elected Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, led the outcry, saying more needs to be done to tackle gangland shootings.

"It's quite clear we're going to need even further measures in respect of targeted gangland shooting," he said.

Yesterday's incident was the latest in a wave of gangland shootings that started with the killing of criminal David Byrne in the Regency Hotel last month.

Mr Rock said there was "great fear out there about repeated incidents", and added that the measures introduced by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald may not be enough.

"This is in broad daylight in a busy area not too far away from Finglas garda station," he said.

"This was very brazen and there is deep, deep concern that this would spill over into the area.

Mr Rock's concerns were echoed by local People Before Profit councillor Andrew Keegan.

"It's something that started in the inner-city and is now spreading out to the suburbs. These thugs are tracking each other down in different areas," he said.

Mr Keegan raised concerns over the increasing possibility of innocent people being caught in the crossfire.

"If this goes into different communities - old and young communities - the collateral damage could happen again. You could see families and innocents getting hurt," he said.

Councillor Paul McAuliffe, the Fianna Fáil leader on Dublin City Council, also condemned the violence.

Irish Independent

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