Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Drug dealer's associate shot dead

Garda outside the house in Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin where drug lord John Gilligan, chief suspect in the murder of Veronica Guerin, was shot.

An associate of drug dealer John Gilligan has been shot dead in Dublin.

Stephen "Dougie" Moran, who was connected to organised crime, was shot a number of times by a lone gunman as he walked to his front door at Earlsfort View in Lucan at about 7.30pm yesterday.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gardai are gathering CCTV footage from the home of the victim, who was in his 40s.

Investigators are appealing to witnesses or anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

A burnt-out car was located yesterday in Glen Vale, Lucan.

Gardai are investigating the possibility that this may have been used in the attack.

Gardai are investigating three separate gun attacks in west Dublin in as many days.

A woman in her 60s was killed and her daughter seriously injured in an unrelated shooting in Tallaght on Saturday and two men were injured in a gun attack in Ballyfermot on Thursday night.

Fianna Fail justice spokesman Niall Collins called for a dedicated garda unit to tackle the "dramatic spike" in criminality.

He said: "Unfortunately these shootings are just the latest in a series of gun attacks in west Dublin in recent months. While local gardai are going above and beyond the call of duty every day to keep these residential areas safe, the reality is that the violence is escalating and they need more resources to tackle it.

"I am calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to immediately examine what additional resources can be directed towards addressing this worrying spike in violent attacks in west Dublin.

"As well as a greater garda presence on the streets, I believe we need a dedicated garda unit to oversee the investigation and prevention of gun crime in this area."

He said the shootings happened in busy, densely-populated, well-established residential communities.

The public representative added: "It's causing enormous anxiety to local residents, particularly older people living alone and families with young children.

"The minister needs to take an interest in what is happening here and contact the Garda Commissioner immediately to plan an appropriate response."

Mr Moran was aged 46 and police found him wounded in his front garden after receiving a report.

He was given medical assistance but pronounced dead in hospital.

The victim, originally from Limerick, has lived in the Earlsfort area for a number of years with his partner and siblings. He was involved in the security business.

Gardai appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

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