Murder victim spent time in jail for dealing
Murder victim Neil Reilly (36) was well known to gardaí, with multiple convictions for burglary, drug-dealing and motoring offences.
The Lucan man survived an assassination attempt at his home in Wheatfield Close, Clondalkin, in 2009 when he was shot in the hand. Not long afterwards, Mr Reilly was handed a seven-year jail sentence for drug-dealing offences. The court heard that Dublin Port customs officers found €66,000 worth of cocaine in the door of Mr Reilly's BMW after the intended buyer in Birmingham turned it down due to poor quality.
Mr Reilly pleaded guilty to the cocaine offences and also pleaded guilty to possessing 360 Diazepam tablets. He was released from prison in December 2014, and gardaí believe he continued to be involved in serious organised crime since that time.
While in jail, Mr Reilly had a number of scrapes with authorities but was not considered a troublesome prisoner. "He was disciplined for being involved in a few fights and stuff like that but he was not the worst at all," a jail insider said last night.
After his release, local sources said some criminals branded Mr Reilly a Garda informer but there is no evidence of this. "He was a volatile individual, it was never going to end well," a source said.
Mr Reilly received a compensation pay-out when he was younger and invested in drugs, according to sources.