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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Gangland boss shot in packed pub

Published 25/04/2010

The Faussagh House pub in north Dublin where Eamon Dunne, 32, from Dunsoghly Drive in Finglas was shot dead
The Faussagh House pub in north Dublin where Eamon Dunne, 32, from Dunsoghly Drive in Finglas was shot dead

A major gangland crime boss was shot six times in the head and body during a night-out in a packed local pub, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Eamon Dunne was gunned down at the Faussagh House bar in the north Dublin suburb of Cabra on Friday evening as terrified customers looked on.

Two masked gunmen walked into the busy neighbourhood pub, where it is thought Dunne was attending a birthday party, and riddled the high-profile gangland figure with bullets from an automatic pistol. It is understood the shooting may have been captured on CCTV cameras and Dunne's 17-year-old daughter was present and witnessed the brutal killing.

Despite murder-squad detectives pleading for witnesses to come forward it is understood no one in the bar on the night has yet provided any information.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Seamus McGrattan said he spoke with two shocked people who were at the function at the pub on Faussagh Avenue. "The magnitude of what happened is affecting people. It was so easily done. The fact that you could walk straight into a pub and shoot the man several times and walk straight back out again, and do it in a couple of seconds," he said. "I spoke to a couple of people who were there, and they're obviously quite shaken by what they saw."

Mr McGrattan said the witnesses claimed the revellers were ordered to lie down on the ground, while one of the gunmen stood guard at the door.

"He (the gunman) knew exactly where the man was. They (customers) were taken aback when they came in. Of course people didn't know what was going on, but you don't take a chance, you just duck to the ground. They fired shots and they were gone. It was literally a few seconds between when they came in and left."

The killing happened at around 10pm and the pair, armed with at least one gun, fled the scene with two other men in a silver-coloured saloon car, similar to a Ford Mondeo or Volkswagen Passat.

Dunne, 34, of Dunsoghly Drive in Finglas, was regarded as a major gangland player and detectives believe there could be various motives for the killing. "Enemies as long as my arm," one garda said.

Dunne was currently before the courts for conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van in Celbridge, Co Kildare, three years ago. He was suspected of being linked to a series of gangland killings, including Martin "Marlo" Hyland who was shot dead in Finglas in December 2006.

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