Saturday 29 November 2014

Family 'deeply upset' after shocking attack

Cormac McQuinn

Published 04/05/2013 | 05:00

THE family of former politician and developer Ger Killally have spoken of their deep distress at the shooting incident that occurred outside his home in the presence of his infant children.

They complained that the bankrupt businessman, once a running mate of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, had had his name "blackened" due to his financial difficulties.

And they pleaded for "understanding", saying they couldn't comprehend how anyone could attack the 42-year-old in the presence of his "two little kids".

Mr Killally was leaving his palatial home near Edenderry, Co Offaly, on Thursday morning when gunmen opened fire while he was driving with his elderly father Jay and children Beibhinn (2) and Ferdia (4) in the car.

The gunshots in their direction caused Mr Killally to crash into bollards at his gate and spin off the road, with the car tumbling into a ditch. They escaped with minor injuries, while the attackers fled the scene.

His father Jay, who lives nearby, still had his right hand bandaged when he spoke last night.

Asked how the family were recovering, he said: "They're okay, all things considered."

Suspicion

When asked if the family had any suspicion about who the attackers were, he said: "You'd have to ask the guards."

Mr Killally claimed that reports that there had been cash in the car were inaccurate, saying: "There was no money found in the boot", but added: "I don't want to say anything more about it."

Another family member, who did not want to be named, complained that media reports about the court battles and bankruptcies of Ger Killally and his wife Naomi had "blackened that family".

Referring to the shooting incident, he said that they were "deeply upset".

Mr Killally, a former accountant and estate agent, was a Fianna Fail councillor in Co Offaly for a decade up to 2009, the same year he was declared bankrupt.

He was a running mate of Mr Cowen's in the 2002 general election, narrowly failing to win a seat.

The past four years have seen Mr Killally face court battles and judgments against him relating to property deals in the midlands during the boom years. He has multi-million-euro debts with several financial institutions.

Last year, he was convicted of stealing €18,000 worth of equipment from a shop he used to own and selling it.

The father of four admitted the offence and received a three-year suspended sentence and 240 hours of community service.

Irish Independent

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