Belfast Telegraph

Man arrested over Dublin shooting

A suspect has handed himself in to gardai over a gun death after visiting a priest.

Detectives are investigating if the victim, named locally as Eddie Flanagan, 49, was killed accidentally in north Dublin by friends who were holding a weapon for a criminal. He was shot dead in his home at a gated apartment complex off the Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock.

Relatives cried as they left flowers at the scene on The Green, Larch Hill, shortly after his body was removed. A handgun was recovered in bushes near the property.

A Garda source said a man in his 50s went to visit a local priest before handing himself in for questioning. He was arrested and detained under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Ballymun Garda Station where he can be held for up to seven days.

Mr Flanagan's body was discovered by local officers at about 10.30pm on Wednesday responding to reports of two shots being fired. It is understood gardai had to break down the front door, which had been closed, and found the victim in the third floor apartment inside. Mr Flanagan died at the scene.

There were reports of a number of men running, or fleeing on bicycles, from the scene shortly after the gunfire was heard.

Dublin north central TD Aodhan O Riordain condemned the shooting.

"Once again a Northside community has woken up to the sight of Garda security tape, and to the knowledge that another man has lost his life violently overnight," he said.

"Larch Hill is a quiet residential estate at the Santry end of the Oscar Traynor Road and does not deserve, no more than any other community, to experience this sort of traumatic event."

Scenes of crime officers carried out a detailed search of the building and surrounding area during the day.

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