Gardai keep watch on city's hospitals for injured hitman
GARDAI hunting for the man who shot Robert Ryle are monitoring Dublin hospitals -- as the gunman may need medical treatment.
The man was pinned against a wall at Foxdene Park in Clondalkin by a car after he had shot 30-year-old Ryle -- an associate of the Corbally brothers -- five times.
Detectives believe that the man may have sustained fractures after being struck by the car, which was reversed into him by Ryle's female friend.
A source told the Herald that the hitman involved in the botched assassination attempt was likely to need medical treatment after he limped off in the direction of Fonthill Road.
The source said: "It is quite likely that this man sustained broken bones, and may have attended a GP or a hospital, or may need to.
"The shooter dropped the gun at the scene, which he obviously didn't plan to do. It's possible that he sustained injuries."
The hunt for the gunman continued today, as victim Mr Ryle, from Blackditch Road in Ballyfermot, remained in a critical condition at Tallaght Hospital. He underwent emergency surgery on Sunday evening.
Ryle is known to gardai and is believed to have been an associate of criminals Paul and Kenneth Corbally, who were shot dead last June. Detectives are investigating if the same criminal suspected of the Corbally murder was behind Sunday's attempted murder of Ryle.
The victim was hit after he emerged from his car to clear a bicycle which was blocking the driveway to a house in Foxdene Park, at 8.40pm last Sunday.
The lone gunman emerged from the darkness and began to open fire, but was then pinned against a wall by a female occupant of the car who had jumped into the driver's seat.
He managed to wriggle free but gardai believe that he may have been hurt in the incident, after dropping his gun.
The handgun which was used by the gunman was recovered by gardai close to the scene and has been handed over to the Garda Technical Bureau for ballistic examination.
Superintendent Pat Clavin, from Lucan garda Station, last night issued a plea for anyone with information to come forward.
"We're particularly anxious to find out how the gunman got to the scene at Foxdene Park and how he escaped from the scene afterwards," he said.
Anyone with information on Sunday evening's shooting is asked to contact Ronanstown gardai at 01 6667700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Paul Corbally (35) and his 32-year-old brother Ken were shot dead on June 28 as they drove a Lexus on the Neilstown Road in Clondalkin.
More than 20 shots were pumped into the car and the two men died instantly. A 14-year-old boy who was sitting in the back of the car was injured and taken to hospital.
A rival Ballyfermot gangster remains the chief suspect in the murder investigation after the well-known drug-dealing brothers tried to take him out during an attack in Bluebell in Dublin.
The gangster, who has at least 15 convictions, fled Ireland in recent weeks after a €100k bounty was placed on his head by associates of the Corballys.
A member of the man's gang was stabbed and beaten in an incident at the end of April in which the Corballys are believed to have been involved.
Ryle was previously in the headlines in February 2002, when he appeared in court in connection with two armed bank robberies which netted €14,000.