Wednesday 26 October 2016

Council workers set up fund to help family of innocent gun victim

Trevor O'Neill
Trevor O'Neill

Colleagues of innocent dad Trevor O'Neill, who was shot in a case of mistaken identity in Spain, have begun a fundraising drive to help his young family.

Mr O'Neill worked in the drainage division of Dublin City Council (DCC) and staff in the council have now set up the Trevor O'Neill Memorial Fund.

The 41-year-old is survived by his partner Suzanne and three young children, who will benefit from any money raised.

Mr O'Neill was killed in a botched hit believed to be linked to the ongoing Kinahan Hutch feud.

It is understood that Jonathan Hutch (37), whose brother Gareth was killed earlier this year in Dublin, told police in Spain that he was the intended target.

Jonathan Hutch had only met Mr O'Neill on holidays as they were staying in the same complex in Costa de la Calma, close to Santa Ponsa.

Jonathan is not a criminal, and gardai believe he was targeted solely because of his family connections.

Mr O'Neill was laid to rest earlier this week following a funeral mass in Crumlin.


Dozens of his DCC colleagues were among mourners who turned out to say a final farewell to the proud Dublin GAA supporter.

The fund has been set up with the council's credit union and trustees include the Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, along with some of Mr O'Neill's colleagues from the drainage division.

All staff and councillors have been asked to consider donating to the fund and they have also been asked to share the information with anyone who may be interested in providing assistance.

"Trevor O'Neill was taken by an act of evil. His family in DCC have responded with an act of love, respect and kind generosity. The trust is our way of supporting Trevor's partner and children in this time of great loss and hardship," independent councillor Mannix Flynn told the Herald.

At his requiem mass Mr O'Neill was remembered as a family man who was full of life and laughs.

His council workers' jacket was among the items brought to the alter to represent his life.

At his funeral parish priest Fr Melvyn Mullins said that Mr O'Neill's death was no accident.

"The truth is, Trevor was murdered - shot while on holidays," he said.

"Tragic events have been recorded with expressions like 'mistaken identity' or 'the wrong person being in the wrong place at the wrong time', but this is of no comfort to the family.

"They are empty expressions that do not matter. Trevor was murdered. It is wrong. It is just not right, and it can never be called right."

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