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Thursday 8 December 2016

Hitman at large as teens arrested over gun murder

The scene this morning, inset Alan O'Neill
The remains of a getaway car at Belfrey Square Tallaght
Scene of the Fatal Shooting of a Male at 59 Kiltalown Rd Tallaght
The remains of a getaway car at Belfrey Square Tallaght
Scene of the Fatal Shooting of a Male at 59 Kiltalown Rd Tallaght
The remains of a getaway car at Belfrey Square Tallaght
The remains of a getaway car at Belfrey Square Tallaght
The remains of a getaway car at Belfrey Square Tallaght
The remains of a getaway car at Belfrey Square Tallaght
A man (35) has been shot dead in Tallaght.

GARDAI are hunting for a cold-blooded hitman after arresting two teenagers following the city’s latest gangland killing.

Detectives have begun a manhunt for the trigger man behind the murder of low-level cannabis dealer Alan O’Neill (35, above) on Wednesday night.

Two 18-year-olds, with addresses in the Clondalkin and Ballyfermot areas, are being quizzed about the brutal shooting at Kiltalown Road.

It’s believed a fight in a pub may have been the reason behind the dad-of-one’s killing.

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"There may have been a lot of talk that this shooting was about drugs but it is a bit more complicated than that. The victim was a decent man," the source said.

"Mr O' Neill was not a major player in any drugs network or anything, he just had a row with the wrong man."

The bodybuilder was blasted as he stood at the front door of his home on Kiltalown Road, Tallaght, at approximately 10.30pm.

He was shot three times.

Sources said that gardai are searching for a third man in relation to the fatal hit, who managed to escape when gardai arrested the two teenagers.

The handgun used in the shooting has not yet been recovered, with the hitman said to still be at large.

The teenagers currently being detained fled the crime scene in a Mazda people carrier which was found burning at Belfry Square in the nearby Citywest area.

Gardai arrested the two at the scene of the burning car, which was badly damaged.

Both of the young men are known to gardai despite their young age.

Mr O'Neill's family did not wish to comment when approached by the Herald.

Neighbours last night described Mr O'Neill as "an absolute gentleman", adding that the community "is in complete shock" over the brutal killing.

Mr O'Neill's killing is the third fatal shooting in the State this year.

In February grandfather Edward Nugent was blasted at his home in Walkinstown in a case of mistaken identity.

Then in March Paul Kavanagh, younger brother of Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, was shot as he sat in his car near the Cat & Cage pub in Drumcondra. It is believed Drimnagh native Kavanagh was killed over a dispute with an Irish crime godfather.

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