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Friday 17 August 2018

Man loses fight for life in bitter feud shooting

ATTACK: North inner city dispute had already resulted in one murder

A MAN shot in the head at a Dublin caravan park was targeted over a north inner city feud.

Detectives believe Michael Taylor (53) -- hit several times in the head and chest at his mobile home in Donabate -- was the latest victim of a bizarre feud which has claimed many casualties.

His wife was just feet away from him when he was shot.

In tears, she ran after at his two attackers as they fled the scene at Hand's Caravan Park.

Today the victim was clinging to life at Beaumont Hospital.

Gardai believe that the killing, at the privately owned caravan park in north Co Dublin yesterday, is linked to a violent feud in the Summerhill area of the capital.

Mr Taylor was shot as he prepared to leave his caravan in the holiday park, with his wife, to return to his Summerhill home. Two hooded men were waiting for Mr Taylor as he stepped out of this caravan to walk to his car.

Mr Taylor was not known to gardai for involvement in serious crime and was not considered a player in the bitter feud that has been raging since the end of 2006 and has already resulted in the murder of one man in 2007.

However, Mr Taylor was closely associated with a man who was questioned about that murder on the capital's northside. The Herald can today reveal a litany of violent incidents over the past five years, all linked to the feud.

The feud kicked off when two criminals aged in their 20s from the north inner city had a row over a woman in late 2006. The row quickly worsened when family members on both sides got involved.

There was a major escalation of violence after cars and motorbikes belonging to one side were damaged in a vandalism incident which directly led to an associate of yesterday's shooting victim being stabbed while he walked in the north inner city with a small child.

The man received only minor injuries after being stabbed three times but less than a week later, the suspected knifeman, then aged 26, was shot dead in revenge.

A month after the murder, a hand grenade was thrown at the home of a family in Rutland Court in Summerhill. Windows were smashed and the interior was damaged but none of the 10 occupants was injured.

Struggle

The grenade attack happened only a night after the two rival groups clashed in the Mater Hospital while one family member was visiting a relative.

One woman was stabbed in the hand and received superficial injuries while a man sustained head wounds after being struck during the struggle.

In one incident, one of the main protagonists in the feud was found with a knuckleduster in his back pocket after being stopped and searched by gardai. The man later claimed in court that he had the weapon for his own protection.

In another incident in December 2007, a female associate of the murder victim was caught with a loaded pistol as she drove through the north inner city.

The woman, in her 30s, received a three-year suspended jail sentence last year after Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that she got the gun after her associate was shot dead and there were serious threats against her life.

Gardai, who have now launched a murder inquiry, are appealing for information on two cars used by the gunmen or on the two gunmen.

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