Thursday 20 October 2016

Detectives collect 350 statements in probe into gangland killing of Paul Kavanagh

The scene of the shooting on Church Avenue, inset, Paul Kavanagh
The scene of the shooting on Church Avenue, inset, Paul Kavanagh
Paul Kavanagh funeral
Church Avenue shooting scene

GardaI have taken 350 statements in their investigation into the death of a father-of-two who was gunned down on a Dublin street in broad daylight, the Dublin coroner has heard.

Paul Kavanagh (26), of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, was shot multiple times in the attack last March 26. He was pronounced dead at the scene in Drumcondra.

It is understood he was driving on Church Avenue, where his partner lives, when his car was rear-ended and two gunmen opened fire before fleeing the scene.

His death is believed to be part of an ongoing gangland feud.

Six months earlier, the dead man's older brother, Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, was murdered in a pub on the Costa del Sol.

At Dublin Coroner's Court, the opening of the inquest into Paul Kavanagh's death heard from Det Insp Gus Keane that gardai have opened up 680 lines of inquiry into the murder and taken 350 statements.

"This is an ongoing investigation and a lot of work is going into it," he said.

He requested a six-month adjournment of the inquest to allow time for gardai to continue their inquiries.

The body was identified to gardai at the Dublin City Mortuary in Marino by the dead man's mother, Mary.

He was her eldest child, she told the coroner.

The scene of the shooting

The post-mortem was carried out by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis on the day after Kavanagh's death. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said he has given the cause of death in his preliminary report as "multiple gunshot wounds".

Dr Farrell told the family he is aware of the circumstances but is "not able to give out other information" because the investigation into the matter is continuing.

He adjourned the inquest for further mention on Decem- ber 14.

Kavanagh's funeral was held in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in his native Drimnagh in April.

UFC star Conor McGregor was among the mourners.

McGregor, one of Ireland's highest-profile sports stars, is understood to be friendly with the dead man's professional boxer nephew, Jamie Kavanagh, who spoke at the service.

"We were inseparable," Jamie said, adding that it was his uncle who had first taken him to a boxing club.

The shooting in Drumcondra was "a terrible evil which is now all too frequent in our city", Fr Sean McArdle told the congregation.

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