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Thursday 16 August 2018

Businessman shot five times survived earlier knife attack

A BUSINESSMAN who narrowly escaped an attempt on his life which saw him shot five times had also survived a stab attack a number of years ago.

Victim Sean Enright (30), who works as a debt collector, was in a stable condition in hospital today after undergoing surgery for his wounds.

He survived because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest, it has emerged.

In 2008, Mr Enright also had a lucky escape when he was working as a security man at a pub in Tallaght. A man who he had refused entry to returned to the club with a knife and stabbed Mr Enright.



staggered

In the latest attack, a gunman fired nine shots into Mr Enright's blue Golf car after he parked outside his house at Rusheeny Manor, Rusheeny Village, Clonsilla, in west Dublin.

He was hit in the upper body as he attempted to get out of the car shortly after 9pm on Thursday.

The gunman escaped in a car driven by an accomplice, while the victim staggered into the house he shares with his partner.

However, he was able to walk into the ambulance, which took him to James Connolly Memorial hospital in Blanchardstown.

Gardai suspect the attack is linked to a gang heavily involved in extortion in the capital.

Mr Enright (30), a gym-owner and music promoter, was singled out after refusing to hand over cash to the mob, believed to be behind a number of Tiger kidnappings.

His father John Enright told the Herald: "The gunmen rammed his car first, then they drove into his door so he couldn't get out and then started shooting into the car."



Fitness

The victim's fitness levels are also thought to have helped him survive his injuries.

Mr Enright, who is originally from the Carnlough area of Cabra, is a champion body builder.

Gardai found a burnt-out car beside a green area in nearby Huntstown Avenue shortly after the shooting. Mr Enright suffered eight separate injuries, three of them exit wounds, the Herald was told.

His father said he had no idea why Sean, a father of a boy and a girl, was targeted.

"I know no reason why anyone would want to do this, I have no idea," he said. "He's going to be all right, that's the main thing."

Sources have said a major west Dublin gang -- the chief suspects -- are extorting cash from businessmen.

As well as being a bodybuilding champ, Mr Enright also ran the Escape dance festival. The Co Meath-based festival hit the headlines 18 months ago when Finglas brothers Alan and Wayne Bradley were photographed wearing the shirts in Dublin.

Mr Enright denied any association with them.

comurphy@herald.ie

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