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Thursday 18 July 2019

Feud gangs' fight night

SHOT: the Deanstown Green, Finglas, home targeted on Tuesday night, apparently undamaged.
SHOT: the Deanstown Green, Finglas, home targeted on Tuesday night, apparently undamaged.

Detectives are investigating if an early morning gun attack at a house in the troubled Corduff estate was carried out by associates of the gangland thug nicknamed 'Mr Flashy'.

The house was shot at yesterday at 1.10am and was targeted just over two hours after a Finglas property linked to drug dealer 'Mr Flashy' (26) was shot at.

Bitter

It comes as a bitter west Dublin feud threatens to spiral out of control.

The first shooting was on Deanstown Green, Finglas, at 10.40pm on Tuesday.

The house, which is monitored by a number of CCTV cameras, did not appear to be damaged in the attack.

Just over two hours later at Sheephill Avenue, also in the Corduff area, another house was targeted in a similar gun attack.

At a court hearing earlier this week a 24-year-old man who lives in the Corduff property and is alleged to be involved in a "volatile feud" in west Dublin, was charged with violent disorder at a local bar.

SHOT: The Sheephill Avenue, Corduff, house shot at two hours later
SHOT: The Sheephill Avenue, Corduff, house shot at two hours later

He failed to have bail conditions relaxed, his lawyer maintaining that if he had to stay at his family home under curfew, he would be at risk of being killed.

His lawyer said his client's life was under threat and he was at risk of being killed if his "movements were predictable".

He asked for these conditions to be dispensed with but the judge declined after garda objections.

Garda Megan Furey alleged the suspect was involved in a "very volatile feud in the Corduff area" and she wanted him to reside at his home address and observe a curfew so gardai could monitor him at all times.

However, at Dublin District Court, Judge John Hughes imposed all bail conditions requested by gardai, including that the suspect stay out of Corduff Shopping Centre and its car park.

The bail hearing happened before the 24-year-old's family home was shot at yesterday morning.

The front living room window was shattered in the attack and yesterday morning it could be seen to have been replaced by a wooden board.

"I'd rather have a gun in my hand than a cop on the phone," a sticker sign on the board read.

"What is clear is that the target of the Finglas shooting was blaming a 22-year-old criminal who has links to the Corduff property for the Tuesday night gun attack," a source told the Herald.

RAIDED: The Corduff Road property raided in the early morning yesterday,
in a major search operation by gardai
RAIDED: The Corduff Road property raided in the early morning yesterday, in a major search operation by gardai

"It is being investigated whether the Corduff shooting was a revenge attack," the source added.

There have been no arrests in either case and gardai do not have evidence as to whether or not the Corduff criminal had any involvement in the Finglas gun attack.

As investigations into the shootings continued, gardai raided a house on Corduff Grove at 8.30am yesterday morning in a major search operation.

They arrived in four vehicles and gained access to the house.

One garda could be seen at the scene with a sledgehammer and a crow bar.

There were no reports of arrests.

The first shooting in Finglas on Tuesday night targeted Kinahan cartel-linked criminal 'Mr Flashy'.

He and his gangland associates are currently involved in a number of feuds in the west Dublin area.

This includes a dispute with other criminals from the Finglas area, as well as the provision of support to one of the gangs involved in the Corduff feud.

Targeted

This gang has been in a bitter dispute with the 22-year-old criminal based in the Sheephill Avenue property that was targeted yesterday and his close associates.

The 22-year-old told a previous court hearing that he was the intended target of a feud related shooting outside a school in Corduff, which happened on April 2.

In his evidence to the court, he said "shots were fired" at his car.

The Blanchardstown gang he has been at war with have close links to the Finglas-based 'Mr Flashy' crew which has led to a "complication and intensification" of feuding in the troubled locality in recent weeks.

Gardai have been dealing with serious incidents on a daily basis.

On Saturday night, a close associate of 'Mr Flashy' was believed to have been the target of another shooting at a house in Finglas.

The incident happened at Cappagh Drive when a number of shots were fired at the house at 10.50pm, while there were people inside.

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