Wednesday 28 September 2016

Homes searched and phones seized as part of Dublin murder probe

Cathal McMahon

Published 03/05/2016 | 16:17

Tom Farnan. Picture courtesy of family
Tom Farnan. Picture courtesy of family

Gardaí investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Dublin last week have carried out a series of searches.

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Dad-of-Tom Farnan (37) was shot and killed after he answered the door of his Clondalkin home eight days ago.

His death came less than three hours after dissident Republican Michael Barr was murdered at the Sunset House bar in Summerhill, North Dublin.

Now Independent.ie has learned that gardaí in west Dublin have searched a number of properties and seized several phones as part of their investigation into Farnan’s brutal murder.

Detectives have completely ruled out any connection between Farnan and Barr’s murders.

They are investigating if Farnan was murdered following a dispute over a stolen motorbike.

“Farnan alleged that his motorbike was stolen and he confronted those he believed were responsible.

“There was a fight and one line of enquiry is that those involved targeted Farnan.”

The source continued: “Gardaí believe that this is a local dispute and they carried out a number of searches. Phones were seized and these will now be analysed as part of the investigation.”

The father-of-two was shot four times in the torso after he answered his front door on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin in West Dublin on Monday, April 25.

He is due to be buried on Thursday after funeral mass in St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield, Tallaght.

His sister Jenny told Independent.ie last week: "Waking up and still living the nightmare how can this life be so cruel.

"Words can't describe how much I'm going to miss him. My heart is broken I still can't believe it."

She said the family could not understand why he was killed and insisted that she didn't want to speculate: "I just want it put out there that he was not involved in any of the gangland or criminal activities.

"He was just a normal decent man, a big brother, a loving son and a brilliant father."

She continued: "He was the best brother I could have ever asked for. If anybody asked for anything then he would do it for them."

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