Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has reacted to the news that the lives of a number of Irish journalists have been threatened by gangsters following the recent murders in Dublin.

Mr Martin commented, “This is a very sinister development and will evoke memories of the very worst days of gangland violence and the murder of Veronica Guerin twenty years ago.

“It will add to the sense of vulnerability and chaos that many communities now feel and further confirms the total contempt that these thugs have for our society and the freedoms that we hold dear.

“We must face this violence with resolute action and we must face these threats to journalists with more public scrutiny.

“I know that these individual journalists and their colleagues will be feeling worried. But I also want them to know that they do not stand alone and that all right thinking decent people in this country stand with them.”