Belfast Telegraph

Man gunned down 'in gangland feud'

Detectives believe a man gunned down at a busy holiday caravan park was targeted as part of a long-running gangland feud.

Michael Taylor, 53, from Summerhill, in Dublin's northside, was shot several times in the head and body shortly after arriving at his recently-purchased mobile home in Donabate on Monday.

Two masked gunmen are believed to have either followed him or were waiting for him at the Vivian Hand caravan park, off Corballis Road, near Donabate Golf Club, on the north Dublin coast.

Mr Taylor, a father of four who was well-known to gardai, was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he died on Tuesday morning from his injuries. Investigators have launched a murder probe.

One line of inquiry is that "a hit" was ordered on him as part of a row between rival criminal factions operating around Sheriff Street in the capital's north inner city. The murderous fall-out has claimed at least five lives since 2006.

The gunmen pounced on their victim at around 4.30pm during Monday's public holiday when the privately-owned caravan park was busy with families on an extended summer weekend break. A number of witnesses have been questioned.

Mr Taylor had just arrived at the park with his partner who was inside the caravan at the time.

Superintendent Mark Curran, leading the investigation, said a nearby car and another caravan window were damaged in the hail of bullets but nobody else was injured.

"I think the fact that there were a lot of people around and the fact that a number of rounds were discharged there was a reckless nature to the attack and lives were possibly put at risk," he said.

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