Tuesday 22 January 2019

Man killed in gun attack at house

A man has died after an overnight gun attack at a house.

The 53-year-old was shot at Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, at around 4.05am.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown but doctors were unable to save him.

A number of family members were in the house at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured.

The attackers fled the scene.

Gardai in Ronanstown are investigating the shooting.

Shancastle Avenue is a council housing estate close to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

It is the second gun-related killing in the area in just over two weeks.

A man was shot dead by a gunman as he sat in the back of a car yards from his parents' home in Moorfield Avenue, also in Clondalkin, on May 25.

Dean Johnson, 20, was a convicted drug dealer, although detectives believe he operated on the fringes of the drugs scene.

Earlier this week a man in Donabate, another Dublin suburb, was gunned down in what detectives believe was part of a long-running gangland feud.

Michael Taylor, 53, from Summerhill, in Dublin's northside, was shot several times in the head and body shortly after arriving at his recently purchased mobile home on Monday.

Two masked gunmen are believed to have either followed him or were waiting for him at the Vivian Hand caravan park, off Corballis Road, near Donabate Golf Club, on the north Dublin coast.

Clondalkin Sinn Fein councillor Matthew McDonagh, who lives close to the scene of today's shooting, said the area was shocked by the killing.

"Especially the age of the man, at 53. We have to condemn it," he said.

"This is the second one (shooting) in the last three weeks (in Clondalkin). From a young man to a man in his mid 50s."

Mr McDonagh said he hoped the gun attack would not spark further violence.

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