Thursday 19 October 2017

'New job new start hopefully all goes well' - Chilling final message of man shot dead in Dublin

  • Victim named as father-of-two Michael Keogh
  • Targeted near his flat in Dublin just a day after new job
  • Car window shattered and victim was 'lying across front seats'
  • Locals anxious that tensions will escalate in wake of shooting
Michael Keogh. Picture: Facebook
Michael Keogh. Picture: Facebook
Michael Keogh. Picture: Facebook
A burnt out car abandoned at the rear of Clontarf Road after a shooting in a garage in Sheridan Court, Dorset Street this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin
Gardai forensic arrive at the scene of a shooting in a garage in Sheridan Court, Dorset Street this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/5/2017

Cathal McMahon and AlanO'Keeffe

A man discovered shot dead in Dublin early this morning had just started a new job and was not a known criminal.

The victim, named locally as Michael Keogh (37), was a brother of INLA bomb-maker and Kinahan associate Jonathan Keogh.

Jonathan Keogh (32) is believed to be living in England at the moment and gardaí are keen to speak to him about the murder of Gareth Hutch in May 2016.

Michael Keogh, who lived in Sheridan Court council flats on Dorset Street, was found in his car beside the flats by a County Council worker shortly before 10am.

A car was found burnt-out on Clonliffe Avenue at 7.30am. Independent.ie has learned that a gun was found in this vehicle.

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A burnt out car abandoned at the rear of Clontarf Road after a shooting in a garage in Sheridan Court, Dorset Street this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

Father-of-two Michael Keogh had just started a new job in construction.

He wrote on Facebook on Tuesday morning:

New job new start hopefully all goes well

Senior sources say he was not considered a major gangland figure but added that he may have been targeted by members of the Hutch crime gang in retaliation for the murder of Gareth Hutch.

A senior source said: "It is early days but Gardaí are now seeking to establish if this attack was carried out by members of the Hutch gang.

"If this does transpire then this would be a major development in the feud."

Another source said: "Up to now the Kinahan gang have murdered several innocent people who are associated to the Hutch gang. This may show that the Hutch gang are willing to also take out innocent targets."

Gardaí have combed the area for CCTV but sources say they have not yet located footage showing the actual attack.

Detectives will examine all of Mr Keogh's movements including his social media posts.

An employee of Dublin City Council, said he was the second person to arrive at the scene of the shooting.

"The window of the car was shattered and he was lying across the front seats of the car," he said.

"There was blood on his chest and he was clutching his car keys in his hands," he said.

"It was a terrible shock," he said.

Local people said they thought the shooting could have happened the night before.

The body was discovered by a caretaker of the council flats complex this morning.

He was joined at the scene by a second council employee who spoke of his shock today.

"It looked like he must have been putting his keys in the ignition when he was shot. He was lying across the seats in the car," said the council employee," he told Independent.ie

"I can't believe it. I never thought anything like that would happen here," a local resident said.

The scene of the shooting is close to a hotel underground car park.

Gardai have appealed to the public for information regarding the shooting and have asked for any motorists with dash-cam footage to come forward.

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Gardai forensic arrive at the scene of a shooting in a garage in Sheridan Court, Dorset Street this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/5/2017

They are also looking for information on a car bearing false number plates which was discovered on fire in a laneway off Clonliffe Ave Drumcondra.

The car, a grey Opel Astra registration number: 12 D 16387 (False Plates), was stolen in the Dublin area in April 2017.

"Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly taxi drivers or other motorists who may have camera recording equipment mounted on the dash board or elsewhere on their vehicle and who were in vicinity of Dorset Street, Clonliffe Ave and surrounding areas of Dublin  between 7am and 10am this morning Wednesday May 31, to view any recorded footage they may have and contact Gardaí at Mountjoy Street Garda Station on 01 666 8600, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station," a garda statement said.

Inner city councillor, Nial Ring, condemned the latest shooting to take place in the north inner city.

"People are anxious again that it could all be starting again. I've spoken to Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy and Chief Superintendent Sean Ward in Store Street. The guards have given reassurances that they are not taking the foot of the pedal and they are still fully committed to bringing back normality to the north inner city," he said.

"It's unfortunate this has happened again. No matter which side the violence is coming from, we don't want it played out on the streets of the north inner city.

"The priority is to have this feud stopped and lets get back to normal living. There's children going up and down the street to school today to Marlborough St and Gardner Street and they have to see another crime scene and we find that unacceptable," he said.

Former Dublin Central Labour TD Joe Costello has said an International Criminal Assets Bureau must be established and called for the Taoiseach to establish the Implementation Structures as recommended in the Mulvey Report.

"The Task Force Report prepared by Kieran Mulvey to address the problems of the North Inner City was published four months ago. It has since been gathering dust in the Taoiseach’s Department. No implementation structures have been put in place, no funding has been allocated to implement the recommendations, and no plan or timescale has been agreed," he said.

"I am calling on the Taoiseach to establish the Implementation Structures identified in the Mulvey Report before he leaves office at the end of the week."

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