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Friday 27 April 2018

Mum who lost sons in gang hit has €70k stolen

GUNNED DOWN: Alan McNally was murdered
GUNNED DOWN: Alan McNally was murdered
Gangland victim: Victim Graham McNally

A MAJOR garda investigation has been launched after a 65-year-old woman who has lost two sons in gangland murders had €70,000 stolen from her bank account.

Marie McNally from Finglas in north Dublin has been left penniless after her bank account was cleaned out, allegedly by a woman well known to her.

Senior sources have revealed that detectives are now investigating the theft, which is understood to have happened over a period of more than 18 months after her beloved son Alan (36) was shot dead in a Finglas pub in February of last year.

A senior source said: "Gardai received a complaint around a fortnight ago and the matter is being taken extremely seriously.

"There certainly seems to be a lot of substance to this – Ms McNally was left in a very vulnerable state after Alan was murdered – the second son she lost in a gun murder in the space of three years.

 

DEVASTATED

"It seems that she was very much taken advantage of and only realised what had happened in the last few weeks. She is absolutely devastated. That money was meant to be left for her grandchildren.

"This is the last thing this poor woman needs after all she has been through. She had been making a good recovery but this has put her back by miles now. This lady has absolutely no involvement in crime."

Sources have revealed it has been alleged the female suspect, who is in her 30s, had gained access to the victim's bank card and a cheque book and used both items to make multiple transactions on Mrs McNally's bank account totalling €70,000.

No arrests have yet been made.

The thefts only started after her son, Alan, was shot dead in the Cappagh Nua pub in Finglas, North Dublin, on February 2, last, three years after his older brother Graham was lured to his death and shot.

Gardai believe both were murdered by the same psychotic Finglas criminal.

Sources concede that despite his arrest and a number of other arrests in both cases, charges are "very unlikely".

Drug dealer Alan McNally's murder was carried out because the gangsters feared he would attack them in revenge for the murder of his brother Graham.

McNally, who had connections to local dissident republicans as well as a major gang from the Coolock area, became a "sitting duck" after spending over 12 hours boozing in the same Finglas pub. As McNally was shot dead, a gangster kept watch outside the pub wearing a white, elongated "Scream" mask

His brother Graham was 34 when he was shot dead in January 2009, by the same gang – who were closely linked to slain crimelord Eamon 'The Don' Dunne's crew.

 

ASSASSINATION

Alan was in jail when his older brother had a major falling out with his former close associate Dunne, who had suspected that he was trying to murder him.

The assassination team involved in both murders are also the chief suspects for masterminding the execution of gangster Paul 'Farmer' Martin in the Jolly Toper pub in Finglas in the summer of 2008.

kfoy@herald.ie

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