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Gunmen hunted after pub shooting

Published 08/08/2010

Shane McEntee has called for arrests to be made after a gangland shooting
Shane McEntee has called for arrests to be made after a gangland shooting

Gardai are hunting for two gun attackers after a gangland-style shooting in a bar.

The armed and masked men entered McDonagh's pub in Bettystown, Co Meath, at around 9.45pm.

The pair fired a number of shots at a 41-year-old man who was drinking in the bar before fleeing on foot.

The man was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The victim, from the Dublin area, is known to gardai and the shooting is believed to be linked to an ongoing gang feud in the capital.

The small thatched cottage pub, situated beside a caravan park in the seaside village, has been sealed off as gardai conduct a technical examination.

Fine Gael TD for Meath East Shane McEntee said there had been a spate of similar attacks along the East coast in recent years.

"The area is a quick exit from Dublin and it's not without its problems," he said. "It's an issue that has to be addressed - when a thing like this happens, for a lovely quiet pub to become a crime scene, it has an impact. People want to see it addressed and people want to see arrests made."

The attackers are both said to be between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 10ins, one with a thin frame and the other with a heavy build. Both were wearing hooded tops with scarves concealing their faces.

Gardai in Laytown have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

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