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Two men shot dead in Dublin in 24 hours

The death comes after another man was found dead beside a burning car in Balbriggan.

Police at the scene in the Marigold Road area of Darndale (PA)
Police at the scene in the Marigold Road area of Darndale (PA)

A second man has been shot dead in Dublin in less than 24 hours.

Gardai said the shooting happened in the Marigold Road area of Darndale at about 4pm on Wednesday.

The victim was in his twenties. It’s believed a lone gunman approached him between a school and church in the area. His body remained at the scene on Wednesday evening.

The death comes after another man was found dead beside a burning car in Balbriggan on Tuesday night. He had sustained gunshot wounds.

Gardai said the shooting happened at Rowans Little, Walshestown, at about 11.20pm on Tuesday.

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The shooting took place near a school and a church in Darndale (Brian Lawless/PA)

They were alerted to the car on fire and found the victim, also in his twenties, beside the vehicle.

His body was removed from the scene on Wednesday and taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

The area was sealed off to allow an examination by forensic investigators.

Gardai have launched a murder investigation into the death.

They have appealed for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed either incident to come forward.

As a society that promotes lawfulness and prosperity, we cannot give into intimidation and senseless brutality Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fail

Fianna Fail justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan said that the gun violence in the capital within a 24 hour period showed “how brazen those involved have become”.

“Depraved violence of this nature has no place whatsoever in our society,” he said.

“The prevalence of gun related violence has continued to intensify, and it is essential that all possible resources are provided to protect the public.”

He added: “We can never accept gun crime as an aspect of everyday life. No child or young person growing up in any community should be led to believe that firing a gun is reasonable.

“As a society that promotes lawfulness and prosperity, we cannot give into intimidation and senseless brutality.”

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan condemned the “violent loss of life” and said he was “extremely concerned” about the incidents.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information which could help to please come forward to them as soon as possible,” he said.

“Any information, no matter how small, could play a vital part in bringing the perpetrators of these acts to justice.”

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Police at the scene in the Marigold Road area of Darndale (Brian Lawless/PA)

Labour senator Aodhan O Riordain also condemned the shootings, saying the escalating number of attacks showed that the government had lost control of gangland crime.

Mr O Riordain said: “I am appalled but not in anyway surprised with the news of another fatal shooting on the northside today, in the Darndale area. What is most upsetting is that people working and living in the area have been warning of an escalation of violence for months.

“It is stomach churning to think, that in the week of a shooting outside Donaghmede Shopping Centre, a body found dead in north Dublin and a murder in Darndale that a government minister is taking photo opportunities beside Stepaside Garda Station and heralding its re-opening.”

He added that now was the time to intervene and “nip this in the bud”.

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