Each gang killing is a tragedy for us as society
This week has seen the first gangland murder of 2012 with the brutal execution of Alan McNally, who was drinking in a packed Finglas pub when he was shot six times in the head.
Sadly, we can expect that more gangland deaths will follow. However this callous disregard for life is something that we must never become desensitised to in our city.
Each and every killing in cold blood is a tragedy for us as a society. There is a group of people who believe themselves above the law, and who think they are untouchable.
The drama series Love/Hate attracted controversy for its somewhat glorified depiction of characters in Dublin's criminal underworld. This latest murder is a reminder that there is nothing glamourous or glorious about crime.