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Gun murder plague must be tackled

FOUR unrelated gun murders featured in Dublin Coroner's Court this week. A common thread in all of them was the fact that the killers remained at large.

The court yesterday heard details of the death of Michael Kelly, a criminal known as The Panda who was shot in daylight in Clongriffin.

A day earlier, an inquest was told of the deaths of Ballyfermot brothers Paul and Kenneth Corbally, shot – again in broad daylight – on a roadway in Clondalkin.

The case of Robert Ryle also featured this week. He was shot in a case of mistaken identity outside a friend's house, also in Clondalkin.

In all three inquests, gardai said the cases remained open because the killers had not been charged.

There is no doubt officers devoted time and effort to investigating the murders, but the cases show the difficulties gun killings present.

Every resource possible must be allocated to gardai so they can tackle these crimes.