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Shocking number of gangland murders remain unsolved

Shocking figures
Shocking figures

More than 240 murders committed by criminal gangs in Ireland remain unsolved, according to new figures.

A report by RTÉ's 'Prime Time' last night examined the worrying figures which haunt the families of victims of crime on a daily basis.

The figures show that in the past 10 years, there have been more than 130 gangland murders which have not been solved.

Worryingly, from 1980 to the present day, the killers responsible for 240 murders have never been caught and brought to justice.

In November 2010, cousins Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy joined the catalogue of murder victims after they were shot dead at a filling station at the Clearwater Shopping Centre in Finglas, Dublin.

They were murdered by members of a Dublin gang who then fled across the border.

Despite a large-scale garda investigation, nobody has been charged with the brutal murder.

Mark's mother Geraldine told 'Prime Time' that the failure of the State to catch the killers responsible for her son's murder has added to her unspeakable grief.

"They went to the shop that night like anybody else to get a DVD and a packet of cigarettes," said Geraldine.

"Mark had a little girl, she was only nine months old.

"Our lads are now lying in a grave and the killers are still out, walking and living," the heartbroken mother added.