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Dublin killing ‘not linked to serious crime or gang feuds’

By Staff Reporter

The Garda does not believe that the murder of a 39-year-old father-of-three in Dublin yesterday was linked to serious organised crime.

John Lawless was shot dead on his way to work around 6.30am in the Darndale area of the city.

He was with a number of other people at the time of the shooting, however this group fled from the scene as the gunman opened fire.

Police said they were anxious to locate these witnesses.

Mr Lawless was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and then taken to Beaumont Hospital where he later died.

The Garda confirmed that it was exploring a number of lines of enquiry, but said the victim was not linked to any ongoing gangland feud in the capital or high-level crime.

One motive being looked at was that the killing was linked to a local issue.

Shortly after the shooting, a silver Ford Focus was found partially burnt-out at Coolock.

It is believed that the car may have been used in the shooting and was stolen in the course of a burglary in the Santry area of Dublin last month.

Supt Gerard Donnelly, of Coolock Garda station, said: "At this stage we have no known motive for this shooting.

"Mr Lawless left his home on the way to work. He is not a person who was known to us for involvement in serious criminal activity."

The senior officer also appealed for any person who may have witnessed the shooting at Marigold Cresent to contact them.

Labour Senator Aodhan O'Riordain described the latest shooting as a "wake-up call" and demanded increased resources to tackle gun attacks in the area.

"This morning's shooting incident in Darndale shows once again that the government is out of touch with the realities of life on the ground across the northside," he said yesterday.

"This latest killing must receive the attention that it deserves."

Mr O'Riordain said that he had called for increased police resources in the area and called for action from the minister for justice.

"He can no longer ignore the escalation in serious crime," he said.

"It is time to take on the escalating number of gun shootings by committing the resources to tackle this once and for all.

"Dismissing these incidents as being an operational matter for the gardai is insulting to the communities who need protection."

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