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Friday 15 December 2017

Contract murder of Corballys: man held

A GANG MEMBER -- believed to have organised the double murder of the Corbally brothers -- was still being quizzed by detectives today.

The 31-year-old was arrested in Clondalkin and was being held at Lucan Garda Station following an extensive garda investigation.

He is a leading member of a Ballyfermot drugs gang that was involved in a feud with dealers Paul (35) and Kenneth (32) Corbally at the time of their death.

Members of the gang are understood to have been paid €40,000 to arrange the contract killing.

The arrested man, who was detained in Dublin early yesterday, can be held for up to seven days for questioning. He is being detained on suspicion of murder.

At the time of their murders last June the Corballys were themselves suspected of being in the process of organising a hit on their rival. They failed in an attempt six weeks earlier when their target escaped through a bathroom window in Inchicore.

But they were gunned down first with a 9mm Glock pistol stolen from a woman member of the PSNI.

The same weapon had been used to murder Jason Egan (23) at Mulhuddart in October 2009 -- apparently in retaliation for the shooting dead of 34-year-old Republican Wayne Doherty.

The Corballys were shot dead and a 14-year-old passenger wounded in the arm on Friday, June 28 in their Lexus car at Neilstown Road, Clondalkin. The murder weapon was found in an Audi A6 found burnt out in Lucan.

The rival Ballyfermot gang boss is suspected of having ordered the hit in retaliation for attacks directed at him and his associates.

The Corbally brothers were involved in a series of ATM heists and hotel raids across the country which netted around €500,000.

They were the suspects for raids in Monaghan, Athboy, Graiguenamanagh and Enniscorthy, as well as other heists in Carlow and Wicklow. But a falling out over a "solo" raid, led to a feud and threats were made by both main factions.

The suspect can be held for seven days under Section 50 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Gardai have renewed an appeal for anyone with information on the murders to contact them at Ronanstown station or on the confidential telephone 1800 666111.

cmallon@herald.ie

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