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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Doctors take bullets from cabbie's legs

THE Dublin taxi driver shot in both legs in a gun attack has undergone lengthy surgery to remove the bullets.

James Boylan (59) is recovering at Connolly hospital in Blanchardstown as detectives are hunting for a motive and the two suspects in the reckless gun attack in Finglas on Tuesday.

The cabbie, of Montpelier Park, had to have handgun bullets extracted from both his upper and lower legs.

Condition

His shocked wife Christine has been waiting for doctors to give her a full report on his medical condition.

She said she cannot understand why her husband was the victim of such a callous attack.

Officers have been trawling through CCTV and forensically examined Mr Boylan's taxi and mobile phone as part of their investigations. Senior sources said the shooting was not linked to a robbery attempt.

According to the account he gave to investigating gardai, Mr Boylan had picked up a male passenger outside The Church cafe on Mary Street in Dublin's north inner city who asked to be brought to Finglas.

When the taxi reached Finglas, another man got in and Mr Boylan was directed to drive to Ballycoolin Industrial Estate in Blanchardstown.

When they reached the business park, one of the men produced a handgun and held Mr Boylan at gunpoint for a short period.

Scuffle

He was then told to drive to Dunsoghley Avenue in Finglas.

He told detectives that a scuffle broke out when they reached the housing estate.

Mr Boylan and the two men got out of his car and the taxi man was shot in both legs at 8.30pm.

The suspects – who detectives believe are "more than likely" from the Finglas area – fled the scene on foot.

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