A gangster was shot dead by undercover police in the Republic after an elite organised crime squad foiled an armed hold-up.
Gareth Molloy (27) was gunned down and an accomplice wounded as five men launched a midday heist yesterday outside a shop in a quiet suburban housing estate in west Dublin.
Gardai moved in as the men, at least one armed with a sawn-off shotgun, targeted a cash-in-transit crew delivering money to an ATM in the busy Centra store on Foxborough Road, Lucan.
Officers opened fire at least three times, shooting two men.
The men have been under surveillance for months by detectives investigating cash-in-transit thefts and tiger-kidnappings including the country’s biggest robbery — a 7 million euro raid on Bank of Ireland’s landmark branch in College Green last February.
Two of the gang are related to one of Dublin’s most notorious criminals.
Ireland’s Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said gardai involved would have the public’s full support. “The incident is a reminder of the dangers faced by members of An Garda Siochana in carrying out their duties and their courage in confronting those dangers,” the Minister said.
Four other men, all in their 20s, were arrested at the scene and the shotgun and a stolen car were recovered.