Belfast Telegraph

Man shot dead in Dublin street

Two young children watched in horror as their father, a known criminal, was gunned down in the capital's latest gangland-style murder.

Daniel Gaynor was shot several times at close range on a north Dublin street in broad daylight with his devastated girlfriend and their children, aged six and seven, watching.

The weapon believed to be used by a lone gunman was later recovered and is being examined by ballistic experts.

Gardai have appealed for information on the shooting, which happened shortly before 7pm on Saturday at the junction of Barnmore Crescent and St Helena's Road, Finglas. The 24-year-old was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Worried neighbours raised fears over the fatal gun attack on the warm summer's evening. One woman said it had been bright and sunny at the time, with people out and about in the area.

"It just shows you they've no respect for anyone anymore," she said.

Gaynor - whose father Robert McGrath was shot dead by gardai in a 1991 post office robbery - also had a string of convictions and had been jailed for gun crime, intimidation and drugs. When he was just 18 he shot through a house window because the man who lived there owed him 100 euro.

Detectives are probing if the father of two was killed in a revenge attack over the murder of Colm 'Collie' Owens last month. Gaynor was a suspect when Owens - who was associated with murdered crime boss Eamon 'the Don' Dunne - was shot dead at an animal feed warehouse where he worked.

A garda source revealed Gaynor's days were numbered.

"He was involved in crime and life expectancy decreases straight away when that happens," he added.

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