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Tyrone dissident Michael Barr shot dead in pub 'victim of Dublin gangland feud'

Published 26/04/2016

Collect picture of Michael Barr, the Strabane man killed in a shooting last night in a Dublin pub.
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Collect picture of Michael Barr, the Strabane man killed in a shooting last night in a Dublin pub. PACEMAKER BELFAST 26/04/2016
Gardai at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Sunset House pub in north Dublin last night

A Co Tyrone man and senior dissident republican has been shot dead by a hitman in a Dublin pub.

The victim - named locally as Michael Barr (34) - was shot at the Sunset House pub where he worked shortly after 9pm yesterday.

Barr was hit at least three times, including one shot to the head. He died at the scene in Summerhill Parade, Ballybough, in Dublin's north inner city.

A car was found burnt-out on Walsh Road in Drumcondra shortly afterwards.

Barr - who was due before the Irish courts this week - has been linked to the Regency Hotel attack on February 5, which claimed the life of David Byrne.

Last night, there were scenes of distress as crowds gathered outside the garda cordon placed at the well-known pub.

Dublin councillor Nial Ring said locals had been watching a football match when the gunman burst through the doors. "Instantly, people were in shock. There was a special needs chap in the place having a pint and he's in a terrible state. The shock of it," he said.

A 42-year-old woman who lives close to the murder scene said: "People are scared for their lives. These killings are getting closer and things are getting worse."

Barr was a well known dissident republican and a major target for the Special Detective Unit.

It is believed he had been involved in Republican Action Against Drugs in Strabane before moving on to the so-called 'New IRA'. Barr is believed to have come from Carlton Drive in the border town.

While his death is being linked to the ongoing bloody feud between the Kinahan cartel and members of Gary Hutch's gang, detectives are also probing as to whether he was shot as part of an internal dispute among IRA members.

It's understood he was associated to the Regency Hotel gunman known as 'Flatcap' and his Dublin home was raided in recent weeks by gardai investigating the shooting.

The PSNI carried out searches in Strabane in February related to the gangland feud.

Barr was due to be sentenced on Thursday at the Special Criminal Court for handling stolen property.

He admitted to the handling of electronic equipment at Finnstown House Hotel in Lucan, Co Dublin on July 18, 2014.

In November, 2014, when charged with the offence, Barr was also charged with membership of the IRA, also on July 18, 2014. However, after he pleaded guilty to the handling of stolen goods, the State dropped the IRA membership charge.

He is the sixth victim of the Hutch/Kinahan feud - which appears to show no signs of stopping.

The first person to die was Gary Hutch (34), who was shot dead at a Spanish apartment complex in September by associates of the Christy Kinahan cartel.

A revenge attack for Hutch's murder took place in February of this year, when a hit squad stormed the Regency Hotel and David Byrne (33) was killed.

Three days later, innocent taxi driver Eddie Hutch (58) - who is the brother of criminal Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - was shot dead at his Ballybough home.

In another fatal shooting believed to be ordered by the Kinahan cartel, a former business associate of Gerry Hutch was killed at his Meath home.

Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan was shot dead as he sat in a car outside his home on March 24.

Innocent father Martin O'Rourke (24) was gunned down on Sheriff Street in Dublin city centre in a case of mistaken identity on April 14.

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