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Monday 24 July 2017

Man to be charged over murder of 'Duck Egg'

Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan
Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan

A man is due in court today to be formally charged in connection with the murder of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan.

The suspect (25) was due to appear before Blanchardstown District Court this morning in relation to the fatal shooting of Kirwan on December 22 last year.

A woman who was being held in connection with the investigation was released without charge. A file will be sent to the DPP.

The pair had been held at Lucan and Blanchardstown garda stations.

Victim

Kirwan (62) was shot as he sat in a car outside his home on St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin. He was the 11th victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

His partner, who was also in the car, escaped unharmed.

Several shots were fired at the victim, including to his head, before the assailant ran to a waiting van, which had another man in the driver's seat.

A white Peugeot Partner van was found burnt out a short distance away at the Neilstown Shopping Centre.

Gardai have been investigating whether he was shot dead after attempting to mediate in a dispute between the Kinahan cartel and their own gangland banker.

Kirwan had attempted to prevent the cartel from carrying out an attack on the banker - who also works for the Hutch mob.

Kirwan was a childhood friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and was a prominent anti-drugs campaigner in Dublin's north inner city during the 1990s.

His adult son Kristopher and daughter Donna previously told RTE's Crimecall that their father had done nothing to warrant the attack.

They issued a heartfelt plea for help catching his killers.

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