Call to help with probe despite ‘fear’

THERE will be further bloodshed following Monday’s double gangland murder unless people with information come forward, a local councillor and youth activist has said.

Vincent Jackson said while there was “huge fear and intimidation” in the Ballyfermot and Clondalkin areas of west Dublin, he urged people to “dig deep” and pass on whatever details they had about the killers.

Two feared criminals, brothers Paul and Kenneth Corbally, were riddled with bullets by two masked attackers, each firing a semi-automatic handgun, as they sat in a car in Ronanstown, Clondalkin, at about 8pm on Monday.

A 14-year-old boy in the back of the Lexus car received injuries to his upper body and arm.

“The only way to stop retaliation is to bring the people responsible for this to the proper authorities. If people do not do so there is going to be retaliation,” said Independent councillor Jackson.

Cllr Jackson, who lives on the same street as the Corballys’ parents, on Drumfinn Avenue, Bally-fermot, extended his condolences to the family.

“My heart goes out to Mr and Mrs Corbally, this is a devastating thing for them, their only two sons.”

He said the 14-year-old, although unlucky to be there, was “one very lucky lad”.

The murder scene on Neilstown Avenue is beside a popular green and soccer pitch where a large number of children and adults were enjoying the evening sun.

“I hear a machine gun could have been used, so it’s only by the grace of God no one else was killed. I manage a youth service near there and kids are always out on that green,” said Cllr Jackson.

He urged people with information to come forward: “People do have information out there. What type of society do we want for our children?

“As a community we have to dig deep. We can’t tolerate this, I think, or there will be a never-ending cycle.”

He added: “There is huge fear and intimidation. I don’t think anyone can comprehend the level of fear out there, but there has to be a channel to give information in total confidence.”

He said there was a perception in some parts that information given to gardaí was not treated in total confidence, but added, the mindset of the community also had to change.

Cllr Jackson said he hoped the killings would turn young people away from crime.

“Some kids are easily led, the glamour of the lifestyle, the easy money, and unemployment feeds into that. But they should realise that very few of these guys ever get to collect their old-age pensions.”


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