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Thursday 23 November 2017

Man (36) is murdered just yards from home

Gardai at the murder scene. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai at the murder scene. Photo: Arthur Carron

A murder investigation is under way after a man was shot dead in a late-night gun attack in the capital.

The incident took place just before 10pm in the Neilstown area of west Dublin.

The victim was named locally as 36-year-old Darragh Nugent.

Nugent was a close associate of jailed gangster James 'Nellie' Walsh.

He was shot five times in the attack, which is believed to be related to a bitter local dispute.

It is understood the victim is from the locality. He was shot only metres from his home on Wheatfield Avenue.

Feud

However, it is feared that there may have been no witnesses to the murder.

"It's unclear whether anyone has seen what happened," a source said last night.

Gardai do not believe that the shooting is connected to the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud, which has so far claimed 12 lives.

The murder is being investigated as part of a bitter dispute in the Clondalkin area that has led to a number of other murders in the past.

The victim was known to gardai and was on bail for possession of firearms offences after being arrested in Clondalkin last February.

A garda source said: "Gardai and emergency services are at the scene of a shooting incident at Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin in Dublin.

"The incident was reported to Gardai at 9.40pm on Monday," they said last night.

Local residents gathered outside but nobody was willing to talk about the shooting.

One young woman said: "People heard bangs but they just thought it was fireworks."

Another local resident said she heard about eight "shots" before hearing a garda helicopter overhead and garda and ambulance sirens.

The Dublin Fire Brigade said the man was initially still breathing but unconscious as paramedics performed CPR.

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