Archbishop condemns criminals behind Dublin double shootings
The Archbishop of Dublin has denounced the “despicable” acts of “inhumanity” seen in Dublin over the past week as feuding gangs continue to bring chaos and bloodshed to the streets of the Irish capital.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called on the public to remind the perpetrators that they were not “untouchable” and anyone with information should co-operate with the Gardaí.
“The perpetrators are not idols or stars or heroes. They are criminals who threaten not just public order but democracy and the rule of law and who have no care for anything except their own criminal interests.”
The archbishop condemned all violence, regardless of its roots. “Premeditated shooting in public places, sometimes in the presence of terrified children and innocent bystanders, only degrades the humanity of those who do it,” he said.
“The gunmen fail to see that such inhumanity inevitably rebounds on its own perpetrators and never leaves them with the security they seek.”
Archbishop Martin’s comments came following the murders of two men; 33-year-old David Byrne from Raleigh Square in Crumlin and Eddie Hutch Snr, aged in his 50s, from Poplar Row in North Strand.
Mr Byrne was killed in last Friday’s shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. The attack took place during a weigh-in for the cancelled WBO European Lightweight title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Jao Bento.
Gardaí believe at least six people were involved in the attack, which also saw two other men receive serious injuries.
A group purporting to be the Continuity IRA, a dissident republican splinter faction, claimed the murder, however, this drew scepticism from detectives immersed in gangland investigations.
Gardaí believe the shooting may be related to an ongoing feud between two criminal gangs following the murder of notorious criminal Gary ‘The Monk’ Hutch in Spain last year.
The 33-year-old Irishman had fled to Spain over fears of an assassination attempt.
Eddie Hutch, the brother of Gerry Hutch, was reportedly shot nine times at his home only three days after the killing of Mr Byrne, in what is believed to be a revenge killing by members of his former gang.
“Now we are witnessing a further escalation of brutal retaliation spurred on by people whom I believe to be despicable and cynical exploiters who feel they can treat life lightly,” said Archbishop Martin.
He appealed to anyone, even those among the ranks of the perpetrators, to speak to their “cynical hearts”. In addition, he called on the mothers of those involved to appeal to their humanity, stressing that their children would be dragged deeper into the violence if nothing were done to stop it.Tags: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, Continuity IRA, drugs, dublin, murder, Regency Hotel, shooting