Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East Thomas Byrne has described as alarming, the shooting dead of a man in Ratoath yesterday evening.  The attack happened in the Old Mill housing estate shortly before 8 o’clock last night.

Deputy Byrne commented, “The shooting dead of a 55 year old man in Ratoath is deeply disturbing and must be condemned.  What is most alarming is the fact that this barbaric killing took place in a housing estate, where families, and particularly children, could have witnessed this horrific attack.

“The shameless nature of this incident further emphasises the blatant disregard that the perpetrators have for human life.

“I am extremely worried that there appears to be a link to this latest shooting and a number of gangland related killings over the past month.  Urgent steps need to be taken to ensure that the Gardaí have the resources and manpower needed to deal with these horrific crimes so that those responsible can be held to account and that the communities affected do not have to live in fear of retaliation attacks”.