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Thursday 8 December 2016

Editorial: Murder of an innocent man is an outrage

Scene of shooting on Shelerin Road, Clonsilla.
Scene of shooting on Shelerin Road, Clonsilla.

THE murder of Keith Walker in Clonsilla last Friday evening is the latest outrage perpetrated by Dublin’s criminal gangs.

Mr Walker, a dad who was set to marry his fiancee, was shot dead by a gunman in a case of mistaken identity.

Another innocent man was also hit and injured in the attack, and many others could easily have been hurt.

That such a shooting could take place in broad daylight outside a pigeon club on a summer’s evening is shocking.

That an innocent man was shot dead is beyond belief.

This murder once again shows that our city’s gangs will kill with impunity – and will kill an innocent just as quickly as they will their criminal rivals.

Such a murder is sadly not a one-off. Baiba Saulite, Anthony Campbell and Donna Cleary all died in similar circumstances in the past decade. Keith Walker’s name can now be added to this tragic list.

Every resource must be devoted to bringing his killers to justice. None of us are safe with these vile killers at large.

Sign-up to GP scheme

FROM today parents will be able to register to the free GP care for the under-6s scheme.

As of yesterday 60pc of doctors have signed up to the scheme. Health Minister Leo Varadkar has stated he believes that up to 90pc of

doctors could be signed up by the end of the year.

For the sake of the country’s parents we sincerely hope he’s right.

The introduction of this scheme has been controversial with the National Association of GPs claiming that many of its members were already

working to capacity, and that the scheme could see waiting lists of two or three days for treatment.

If this proves to be the case it will be unacceptable.

But the scheme, which is a progressive initiative, must be given an opportunity to get up and running.

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