A convicted heroin dealer was gunned down at his front door just metres from his wife and children in a carefully planned gangland murder.
James Talbot (46), a father-of-four, was shot several times in the chest after answering the door at his home in Lucan, west Dublin.
According to sources, he was targeted after refusing to pay a drugs debt to a gang based in the south inner city.
Talbot had been involved in cage fighting and boasted that he received up to €20,000 from a Chinese syndicate every time he fought.
He had also been "throwing his weight around" in relation to uncollected drugs debts for the criminals he was working for.
Talbot's wife and four children, who range in age from seven to their early 20s, were in the family home at Abbeywood Court, Lucan, when he was shot several times in the chest while standing in his hallway on Thursday night.
He was alive when officers reached the house, and gardai carried out CPR on him until paramedics arrived.
He was rushed to James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Detectives were last night understood to be focusing on a bitter cash dispute, which is separate to a feud in the area that has already led to the murder of Dean Johnson and Jason Carroll last summer.
The weapon used to kill Talbot was a handgun, which was later found in a burnt-out Toyota Avensis in the nearby Earlsfort Estate in Lucan.
The car had been stolen on January 31 in the Coolock area of Dublin.
Gardai are anxious to find out where this car has been for the past two weeks, and are appealing for anyone with any information on the beige/gold car to come forward.
The gunman was described as being around 5ft 10in tall and was wearing a grey hoodie.
The getaway car was not driven from the estate at speed, and dumped in a cul-de-sac on Earlsfort Road a short time later. Talbot had a fledgling boxing career in the UK in the early 1990s and later worked as a personal trainer.
He was also a convicted heroin dealer and was suspected of being involved in organising cannabis grow houses in recent years, according to garda sources.
He received a seven-year prison sentence for in January, 1998 after he was caught in possession of IR£300,000 worth of heroin.
It emerged in court that he had to retire as a professional boxer after he suffered a broken jaw. Garda sources said he had barely any criminal convictions since then but he had been on the garda radar and was suspected of large-scale involvement in drug dealing.
It is understood that gardai were not aware there had been a threat on his life.