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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Gun victim linked to violent clash in Mater Hospital

A DAD-OF-FOUR gunned down at a Dublin caravan park was involved in a number of feud-related incidents before he was targeted.

Michael Taylor (53), of Summerhill Cottages in the north inner city, died at Beaumont Hospital yesterday morning after being shot six times with a handgun.

Gardai yesterday recovered one of two getaway cars believed to have been used in the killing, a Honda Civic, in Glasnevin.

Detectives believe that Mr Taylor was assassinated because of his involvement in a vicious personal feud in the north inner city which has been raging since late 2006.

The Herald can reveal that the victim was centrally involved in a violent clash at the Mater Hospital in 2007, an incident which sources say "inflamed" the feud.

The hospital row broke out just weeks after a young man from the rival faction was murdered in north Dublin and kicked off when the two factions clashed in the Mater Hospital while one family was visiting a relative.

A woman was stabbed in the hand while a man sustained head wounds after being struck during the struggle.

Mr Taylor -- who was not considered a major criminal -- appeared at Dublin District Court in May 2009 in relation to the hospital brawl when he agreed to enter into a bond to keep the peace for two years.

He had been charged with affray but the state solicitor agreed to withdraw the charge if he signed the bond of €100.

The night after the hospital incident, a hand grenade was thrown at the home of a family associated with Mr Taylor in Summerhill. Windows were smashed and the interior damaged but none of the 10 occupants were injured.

Sources have revealed that Mr Taylor was also questioned by gardai about the 2007 murder, but was never a suspect.

Yesterday afternoon, gardai found one of two getaway cars used by the gangsters who murdered Mr Taylor.

The black Honda civic with an 07 D registration plate was found in the Glasnevin area. An Opel Insignia used by the killers was found burnt out at Turvey Woods just minutes after the murder on Monday evening.

Mr Taylor's partner saw him being riddled with bullets as he stood outside his caravan at Hands caravan park in scenic Donabate.

Local sources say Mr Taylor regularly holidayed at the park which is popular with people from the north inner city.

While he was popular with other holidaymakers, sources say that some of his younger associates had a reputation for antisocial behaviour.

"He was a grand fella but some of the younger lads that used to be out here with him were very unruly and they intimidated other visitors," said a reliable local source.

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