Sunday 20 August 2017

Gardaí promise to 'leave no stone unturned' in pursuit of hitmen behind separate murders

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Superintendent Brendan Connolly Clondalkin Garda Station, Assistant commissioner John O Mahony Crime & Security at Mountjoy Garda Station. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Superintendent Brendan Connolly Clondalkin Garda Station, Assistant commissioner John O Mahony Crime & Security at Mountjoy Garda Station. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Garda Deputy Commissioner John Twomey at Mountjoy Garda Station. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Robin Schiller

One of the country's top cops has vowed to bring perpetrators behind two separate gangland hits to justice.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said the murders of Michael Barr (35) and Tom Farnan "have no place in a normal society". Speaking at a joint press conference today Dep Comm Twomey said: "An Garda Siochana leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of these acts to Justice.

"The presence of highly armed patrols will continue our investigations will continue our intelligence gathering will continue these incidents only serve to strengthen the resolve of AGS."

He also issued an appeal to all communities to work with gardaí to "rid society of these acts".

Two men, described as skinny and wearing masks, burst into The Sunset House in Summerhill, shortly after 9.30pm on Monday evening.

Dissident Michael Barr was shot a number of times in the head and body. The two men fled in an Audi A6 - registration number 04-C-17738-  which was found burned out in Drumcondra.

Gardaí are  appealing for people who were in Sunset House to come forward. A number of people who were in the premises have already contacted Mountjoy.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out this afternoon.

Gardaí confirmed that members of the RSU and SDU were only around the corner.

Superintendent Brendan Connolly from Blanchardstown Station is leading the investigation into the murder of Tom Farnan.

He said: “We’re appealing for witnesses, for those who were in the Kilcronan close area ask them any info or notice anything suspicious to contact us at Clondalkin garda station.

“Gardai from Clodnalkin were at the scene within approximately two minutes, and uniformed garda did provide CPR to the injured man. They were then assisted by paramedics and personnel from DFB but unfortunately their efforts were not successful.

“Its very early stage in the investigation to come to any definitive conclusion and we must keep an open mind.

“The victim was a 37-year-old man who lived in the Kilcronan close area. He would have been known to us at an earlier stage in his life. Again this is a very early stage of the investigation and we are exploring quite a number of possibilities.

“As you have seen from the estate it is quite a large area the from where the incident occurred is along the canal and we must examine along that area to ensure we recover all and any evidence that may have been left behind."

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