Why killings send shiver down spine of politics
It would be wrong to separate the two brutal murders which occurred over a 48 hour period at the weekend. Whatever about the different motivations behind these respective callous killings, the appalling lack of respect for human life is quite shocking.
The gangland hit on Dublin criminal John Daly and the beating to death of Paul Quinn in Co Monaghan cannot merely be put down as further statistics in areas with troubled histories with the law.
These murders were carried out by gangs who believe they can carry out such acts with apparent impunity and terrorise the communities in which they operate.