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.  

The Gardaí are absolutely determined to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.

At the same time, 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.

I, and the Government, will continue to resolutely support the Gardaí in every way we can in counteracting this evil menace in our society.

25 September 2012