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Monday 11 December 2017

Every drinker in pub to be quizzed over Love/Hate-style assassination

GARDAI are expected to step up their investigations into the Love/Hate pub murder.

Detectives are to carry out a number of searches in the Finglas and Coolock areas as well as interviewing everyone who was in the Cappagh Nua pub in Finglas before Alan McNally (35) was shot dead.

The strongest theory remains that the chief suspects for last Thursday's murder are a Coolock-based drugs gang who specialise in Tiger kidnappings.

Gardai are confident that someone gave the hitman specific information that McNally was drinking in the pub.

It is understood that McNally -- whose older brother Graham was shot dead in January 2009 -- had been "bad mouthing" the Coolock crew who are led by a crime figure who lives on the Malahide Road.

Last month, the Herald revealed that the Coolock gang are in a major dispute with a Real IRA faction because of a savage assault outside a north Dublin nightclub over the Christmas period.

A key figure in the Coolock gang is a notorious criminal who is based in Co Cavan and is a major target for the CAB .

McNally, from Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, was only released from Mountjoy Prison in October last year after being jailed for five years for being caught collecting ¤200,000 worth of heroin in March 2006.



Hospital

He had also been convicted of having a mobile phone while in prison. McNally was drinking in the packed pub where people were separately marking a Traveller death when the attack occured.

Chaos erupted after the shots were fired and the emergency services were called. McNally was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The pub was also the scene of a gangland shooting in December 2010 and other shootings. Sources say that it is "unlikely" that gangsters will try to avenge McNally's murder.

It is understood the first gangland victim of the year had been involved in a number of disagreements with other criminals including with a local thug who previously survived a pub assassination attempt.

Gardai were at the scene within seconds of the murder after receiving a number of panicked emergency calls and McNally's body was brought to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was pronounced dead at 1.30am.

The victim was in jail when his brother Graham was murdered just over two years ago after he had a falling out with his former close associate Eamon Dunne.

Graham McNally's body was found in a ditch at Coldwinters on the former Dublin to Derry road -- he had been shot at least five times in the head.

kfoy@herald.ie

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