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Thursday 14 December 2017

Gardai to keep watch as gangland murder victim is laid to rest

The scene where Gibson was killed
The scene where Gibson was killed

A discreet garda presence is expected this morning at the funeral of feud murder victim John Gibson in west Dublin.

Tensions remain high in the area after the murders of Gibson (28) and his pal Darragh Nugent (36), who were shot dead just a week apart.

Gibson's funeral takes place in the Church of the Divine Mercy in Balgaddy at 10am and he will be buried afterwards in Newlands Cemetery.

Vicious

The father-of-two was gunned down in the CityWest area of the capital last Monday night.

Gardai believe he was shot dead by one of the city's most dangerous mobs, making him the fourth victim in a vicious west Dublin drugs feud.

The gang suspected of murdering Nugent and Gibson are linked to the deadly Kinahan cartel and are considered west Dublin's biggest drug suppliers. However, the mob came into conflict with jailed hitman James 'Nellie' Walsh around five years ago.

Both Gibson and Nugent had close links to Walsh, who is serving a lengthy sentence in Mountjoy Prison for firearms offences.

Sources said it was "extremely unlikely" there would be similar scenes to the shocking events that unfolded at Nugent's funeral mass last week.

Some mourners at that funeral interrupted Fr David Halpin, who said Nugent had made "bad, bad decisions" that contributed to his death.

One mourner shouted out, "that's enough" and "this is supposed to be a celebration of Darragh's life". Another shouted "stop", a word repeated by other mourners as the sermon continued.

Four of the congregation left the church in anger.

However, Nugent's partner Cathy shouted for the priest to continue as "he has to do what he has to do".

Lured

There have been no arrests yet by gardai investigating either of the murders.

Gibson was shot in the head and at least three times in the body.

Gardai have been investigating if he was lured to his murder.

In the aftermath of the shooting, his local football club paid tribute to Gibson on social media, saying: "It's a sad day for the club today, the passing of a gent, an adoring father taken so young."

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