The fatal shooting of a man in north Kildare last night has been described as a 'callous and brazen crime' and 'sets a new precedent' by the justice spokesperson for Fianna Fáil, Jim O'Callaghan.
50-year-old Clive Staunton was gunned down outside his home in Glen Easton Way estate in Leixlip, and Gardaí are investigating whether or not the shooting has links to the bloody feud between the Hutch and Kinahan families. It is believed that the victim was a distant relative of the Hutch family but he had no involvement in crime.
The incident happened in the Leixlip estate at around 9.15pm last night when a gunman targeted the father of one in the quite estate.
Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson O'Callaghan said;
“Since this feud first erupted, the gardai have done remarkable work in their attempt to contain threats and violence. On many occasions their work has successfully intercepted plots to carry out murder and other vicious crimes on our streets.
“One of the main reasons for that has been the increase in Garda presence in the communities’ worst affected. The Government must do its utmost to ensure that adequate resources and overtime for Gardaí are maintained.
“Last night’s murder was a particularly callous and brazen crime. This victim appears to have been targeted despite detectives confirming that he had no involvement in criminality or link to gangland associates.
“The fact that a man living in a quiet family estate could be attacked and killed yards from his doorstep sets a new precedent. The fight against organised crime and those inflicting terror in the capital and now the satellite towns surrounding it must be ramped up,” he concluded.
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