Belfast Telegraph

Man shot dead in Dublin in attack by ‘three men wearing balaclavas’

The victim in his 40s was gunned down in Coolock.

A stock picture of the Garda badge logo (Niall Carson/PA)
A stock picture of the Garda badge logo (Niall Carson/PA)

A man in his 40s has been shot dead in north Dublin.

The victim was gunned down in the front garden of a house in the Kilbarron Avenue area of Coolock on Tuesday afternoon.

Gardai said they believed that three men wearing balaclavas were involved in the attack, which happened at around 3.30pm.

They fled the scene in a silver Toyota Avensis, which was found abandoned and on fire in the Castletymon Gardens area of Coolock around 15 minutes after the shooting.

The man’s body remained at the murder scene on Tuesday evening as forensic examinations were carried out.

Examinations were also being carried out where the car was found.

The shooting comes a week after two friends were shot dead in north Dublin.

Sean Little and Jordan Davis were shot dead within 24 hours of each other.

An incident room has been established at Ballymun Garda Station.

Garda said they wanted to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the Kilbarron Avenue or Castletymon Gardens areas between 3:15pm and 4pm on Tuesday.

They are particular keen to source dashcam footage.

Labour Senator Aodhan O Riordain called for a whole-of-government response to address the ongoing “killing spree” in the area.

“The latest murder on Dublin’s Northside demands a comprehensive response from government before the situation spirals completely out of control,” he said.

“The template is already there from the North Inner City Mulvey Report. This process should immediately be driven by the minister for justice who should engage with local Gardai, Dublin City Council, local drugs task forces, residents’ groups and Northside Partnership.

“Communities are feeling abandoned by government as their children go to school walking past murder scenes. This is not normal.

“The government have an opportunity to seize the initiative and to set the agenda – an agenda focused on community infrastructure, training and employment, youth development, education, drug treatment, housing and anti-poverty measures.

“I am calling on the minister to take the first step and commission a Mulvey-style report for Dublin 17 and surrounding areas.”

After visiting Kilmore, Labour councillor John Lyons demanded Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and the minister for justice visit the area to explain to concerned residents how they would deal with the escalating violence.

“There is a sense in the area that things are getting completely out of control; murders being committed in heavily residential areas in broad daylight,” he said.

“The communities of Darndale and Coolock are reeling from this violence, the vast majority of families living in these areas are trying to live their lives, raise their families and just get on with life.”



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