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Monday 20 November 2017

Gang members still being held on Don murder

TWO members of a north Dublin gang arrested over mobster Eamon Dunne's murder remained in custody today.

One of the gang members was taken from Mountjoy prison by detectives yesterday morning.

The arrests followed a major breakthrough in the case.

Detectives identified the men who bought the VW Passat used in the murder of gang boss Dunne, known as the Don.

The suspects, both in their 20s, are closely associated with a north inner city gang.

Detectives believe several gangs got together to kill Dunne.

According to sources, one of the reasons for his murder was that he was conducting affairs with other gang members' wives and girlfriends.

The arrests were the first in the probe into Dunne's murder at the Faussagh House pub in Cabra on April 23.

The pair are being held at Whitehall and Mountjoy Garda Stations and can be quizzed for up to 72 hours from the time of their arrests.

Four men were directly involved in the killing.

Two of the gang entered the Faussagh House before shooting Dunne (32) six times, three times as he lay on the ground.

He was sitting next to his teenage daughter. It is understood one suspect was taken from Mountjoy for the questioning while the other was picked up by gardai in the Dublin area. The two suspects are in their 20s and are being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The Don was one the country's most notorious criminals and had been linked to more than a dozen murders.

He was shot in a pub full of people celebrating a birthday party.

Two men entered the pub, while another kept watch at the door and the fourth waited in the getaway vehicle.

The car was abandoned not far from the scene but an attempt to burn it failed, leaving vital clues for gardai.

It is understood a glove was found in the car.

Gardai also carried out detailed forensic tests in the hope of finding DNA evidence.

A post-mortem examination revealed Dunne had been shot six times in the head and upper body. The killer used a 9mm automatic pistol.

comurphy@herald.ie

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