The gangland murders of two convicted criminals in front of their children have been described as barbaric acts of depravity which show how cheap life has become.
Specialist child interviewers are waiting to speak to the 12-year-old son of Declan O'Reilly, who witnessed his father callously gunned down on South Circular Road in Dublin on Monday night.
Less than 12 hours earlier, Gerard Eglington was murdered in his home in Portarlington, Co Laois, with a toddler and 11-year-old inside.
Taoisech Enda Kenny told the Dail life has become very cheap indeed and condemned the brutal murders in front of children.
"This is absolutely brutal treatment by people who have ordered the destruction and assassination and the murder of people in public," he told the Dail.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter claimed those responsible for the barbaric murders have no respect for human life.
"The callousness of their actions shows that the perpetrators lack even a shred of humanity or decency," said Mr Shatter.
Meanwhile the second highest ranking garda in the county has vowed to bring the killers to justice.
Deputy Garda Commissioner Nacie Rice condemned five separate violent killings in recent days and called the shootings acts of depravity.
"The barbarity, the cruelty, it knows no bounds for some people," he said.