'Terms like gangland make it seem like the crime has boundaries, that we’re inside and they’re outside'

The murder of an innocent man and the attempted killing of two more, including boxing coach Pete Taylor, has stunned the seaside town of Bray

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
10th June, 2018
Gardai at the scene of the triple shooting at Bray Boxing Club last week Pic: Collins

Last week, no one outside of Bray had heard of Bobby Messett. His family wishes that were still the case.

Instead today we know a great deal about him. That he was 50 years of age. That he was a father to three children and a grandfather to three grandchildren. We know he was a self-employed painter and decorator. That his son, Gary, is a Paralympian footballer of great distinction.

We know that Messett was a...

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