The fatal shooting at a Dublin restaurant has left the Irish prime minister in a state of shock.

Leo Varadkar’s remarks come after a young man’s death at a steakhouse in Blanchardstown on Christmas Eve

Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, expressed his astonishment following a deadly shooting at a popular restaurant in Dublin on Christmas Eve.

A man in his 20s lost his life after sustaining injuries at Browne’s Steakhouse on Main Street in Blanchardstown shortly after 8pm on Sunday. Among the diners at the restaurant were families with children.

A man in his 40s is currently in a critical condition at Connolly Hospital, receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.

The authorities are believed to be investigating whether the deceased individual was involved in the initial attack and was apprehended in the aftermath.

Varadkar expressed his shock at the shooting, stating it occurred at “a well-known family restaurant I’ve frequented on numerous occasions.” He added, “A thorough investigation by the Garda is underway. I extend my gratitude to them and offer my support to the staff and customers,” he mentioned on X.

The minister for justice, Helen McEntee, also condemned the shooting, labeling it as “appalling” that such violence unfolded in a place where families had gathered before Christmas. She mentioned on Instagram, “I strongly condemn the violence in Blanchardstown tonight. This cruelty has led to unimaginable suffering during the holiday season.”

“The fact that someone could carry out such violence while families were together is particularly abhorrent.

My thoughts are with the grieving, those present at the scene, and all the emergency service personnel working tonight and throughout Christmas, who have to cope with this mindless violence.

I urge anyone with any information to contact An Garda Síochána,” she added.

Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to the incident at approximately 8pm on Sunday. The area was secured, and the services of the state pathologist’s office were requested.

This report contains contributions from PA Media.

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