Belfast Telegraph

10 held after Dublin fatal shooting

Ten gangland suspects have been rounded up within hours of a criminal being shot in the head in an affluent Dublin suburb.

Sean Winters was shot a number of times and died outside the gated Links apartment complex in Portmarnock, where he lived.

Seven men and three women were arrested in the north of the capital when detectives acting on intelligence raided a home and stopped and searched a car.

Winters, aged in his late 30s, had ties to a north Dublin gang involved in drug dealing but one line of investigation following the shooting centred on a turf war over pub security.

Crime bosses and dissident republicans linked to the Real IRA are believed to be embroiled in a feud over extortion rackets and doormen's contracts.

In another incident blamed on the feud last July, innocent bouncer Wayne Barrett, 31, was shot in the head and left on life support while two customers were injured in an indiscriminate gun attack at the front door of the Players' Lounge in Fairview.

Detectives said a 1998 Offaly registered silver Volkswagen Passat seen outside the Links complex was found a short time after the gun attack on fire in Coolock.

One of the arrested men was aged in his 50s, the others in their 20s and 30s, while the three women were aged in their 20s, a Garda spokesman said. No weapon was recovered.

Superintendent Mark Curran, who is heading the investigation, said house-to-house inquiries have been planned and appealed for anyone walking or travelling near the crime scene last night to come forward.

"Sunday night, near the Dart station. There's always a constant flow of traffic, maybe not so many pedestrians. I imagine it would have been quiet enough. But there are always cars going by," he said.

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