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Dublin taxi driver shot in both legs after row with passengers

Gardai are hunting for two suspects after a taxi driver was shot in both legs following a confrontation in a housing estate.

The incident happened at Dunsoughly Drive in Finglas, north Dublin, at around 8.30pm last night.

The driver, named locally as James Boylan, had earlier collected his passengers and was asked to drive them to west Dublin.

After he stopped his car in a housing estate off Ratoath Road, in Finglas West, a row broke out between the 59-year-old driver and the passengers.

The victim later told gardai that the men then jumped out of his taxi, produced a gun and shot him in both legs before making their escape across the estate.

It is understood that the assailants were armed with a handgun. Gardai said that they were following a number of lines of inquiry.

The meter was still running on the black Toyota Avensis taxi as gardai began inquiries at the scene of the shooting last night.

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Locals in Montpelier Park, where Mr Boylan lives with his wife and and two children, were shocked at the shooting.

One man who knew the victim, said he was shot after he became "jumpy" and told the men to leave his car. "The driver was telling them to get out of the cab and that's when they shot him in the legs. It got out of control."

No arrests have been made and no description of the attackers was available.

The injured man was taken to James Connolly Memorial hospital in Blanchardstown.

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