Gun attacks on man and pal may be linked
Gardai are investigating if the same mob who shot at a 24-year-old man in Tallaght this week were behind a gun attack on a close associate of his.
Sean Hulgrain is said to be making a good recovery after he was blasted a number of times in the Parkhill West estate of Kilnamanagh at 8.50pm on Monday.
Hulgrain was hit in the arm and back and was brought to Tallaght Hospital after being targeted by individuals in a silver VW Passat.
Sources said last night that gardai were investigating links between Monday's shooting and a gun attack on Hulgrain's associate Darren McGarry (28). He was shot in the arm in the Kingswood estate on December 1.
Both McGarry and Hulgrain were able to drive themselves to Tallaght Hospital after being shot.
"Gardai are investigating if both men were targeted as part of the same dispute in the Tallaght area," a source told the Herald last night.
"The two victims are associates, so this has to be looked at."
No arrests have been made in either case and both shooting victims are well known to gardai.
Hulgrain, who is originally from Clondalkin, received a suspended sentence last year after being found guilty of breaking the nose of an off-duty garda during the infamous Swedish House Mafia concert in 2012.
He has around 17 convictions.
McGarry's previous convictions include one from January, 2012, when he was convicted of dealing cocaine after he was caught with seven bags of the drug worth €375.
McGarry swapped his motorbike for 50 bags of cocaine to share with his friends at the Oxegen music festival.