Gardai probe pal's role in brutal 'Love/Hate' execution in city pub
SLAIN Dublin criminal Alan McNally paid for drunken bad mouthing of a gang rival with his life.
Officers also suspect that McNally was set up by a man known to him in what gardai have dubbed the Love/hate murder – an analogy to one of the killings on the hit RTE series.
A North Dublin based drugs gang is believed to be behind the brutal slaying in a packed city pub. Sources say that the chief suspects are a Coolock-based crew who also specialise in tiger kidnappings.
It is understood that McNally – whose older brother Graham was also shot dead in January 2009 – had been "bad mouthing" the Coolock gang who are led by a shadowy crime figure who lives on the Malahide Road.
Gardai believe a customer who had been drinking in the pub that night holds the key to the brutal killing, and helped set McNally up for execution.
The man -- a notorious thug who is a chief suspect in a number of north Dublin gangland slayings -- spent the day drinking in the same premises as McNally, and witnessed him being brutally executed.
The criminal, who is aged in his late 20s and was known to McNally, watched as six bullets were fired into McNally's head in the Finglas bar in a slaying that bears eerie similarities to the killing of gang leader John Boy in the hit RTE series Love/Hate.
Gardai have not yet interviewed the man as he has been "on a cocaine and alcohol bender" since the fatal shooting -- the first gangland murder of 2012 -- but officers hope to speak to him this weekend.
He was one of a number of people arrested and questioned about the the gun killings of Paul 'Farmer' Martin and Alan's older brother Graham McNally.
The two Finglas men were shot dead in separate incidents in August 2008 and January 2009. Both murders are believed to have been ordered by murdered crime boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.
The man, who has numerous previous convictions, is known to gardai as an extremely violent criminal.
He has survived three assassination attempts and has been involved in gangland feuding since he was a teenager.
"He has plenty of bullet holes in him. But even he was shocked at what happened to McNally the other night," said a source.
It has now emerged that McNally put his hand over his face in a futile attempt to defend himself from the hitman but a bullet passed through it and splintered which caused "huge damage" to the victim's face.
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.
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 occurred.
Chaos erupted in the pub after the shots were fired, and the emergency services were called to the scene.
McNally was immediately 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.
However, sources say that it is "unlikely" that gangsters will try to avenge McNally's murder.
"Yes he was a serious criminal but he didn't really have a crew -- tensions are high now but it is expected to calm down," a source predicted.