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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Gang feud feared as bomb explosion follows murder

Shane Phelan Investigative Correspondent

Published 11/08/2009 | 00:00

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The Church of the Transfiguration in Bawnogue, Dublin, which has been vandalised with graffiti as part of a gang feud

FEARS are mounting that a gangland feud could escalate following a murder and a pipe bomb attack in the space of a few days.

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Gardai are investigating whether the bomb attack on a house yesterday morning is directly linked to the shooting dead of Dublin criminal Pierce Reid on Friday night.

Reid (25) was shot in the head a number of times at Lealand Close in Clondalkin.

Yesterday morning, just before 2am, a pipe bomb exploded at the front of a house at Deansrath Grove in Clondalkin.

The house was occupied at the time, but no one was injured. It is believed the occupants of the house were not the intended targets and that the culprits were after an associate of Reid from the same area.

The incident happened around the same time as the roof of a local church was daubed with graffiti believed to be related to the gang feud.

The words "D22 INFAMOUS RATS" were painted in large letters on the roof of the Church of the Transfiguration in Bawnogue, Clondalkin.

The graffiti is believed to be a reference to one of the feuding factions, which calls itself "Infamous D22" after the Dublin 22 postcode for the Clondalkin area.

Local parish priest Fr Joseph Beere said the community was disgusted and shocked by the act of vandalism.

"We think it is probably connected with the tragedy on Friday night," he said.

"The community is shocked by these events and we'd appeal to those involved to stop."

Local Fine Gael senator Frances Fitzgerald described the graffiti attack on the church as "appalling".

"It's not just the graffiti that is upsetting people -- it's what it represents," she said.

"There is a real sense of fear among members of the community around here. People are worried that it's only a matter of time before an innocent bystander gets caught in the crossfire."

Gardai yesterday gathered CCTV recordings from businesses in the area in a bid to identify those behind the vandalism.

Attack

Pierce Reid had been on bail at the time of his murder. He was facing charges for an attack on a bouncer at a local bar which left the man hospitalised.

He was a well-known gangland figure and close associate of Karl Breen, who is serving nine years for the manslaughter of a friend following a fight at a Dublin hotel on January 1, 2006.

Breen (29) was dubbed the 'Champagne Killer' after it emerged he had consumed a large amount of the drink and cocaine before stabbing his pal Martin McLaughlin.

Father-of-one Reid was suspected of coordinating a campaign of intimidation in Clondalkin over the past two years.

Originally from the area, he had been recently living in Trim, Co Meath. His partner is expecting their second child in the coming months.

He was shot at least three times in the head after being cornered outside a house in a cul-de-sac.

At least two men were involved in the attack. One wore a grey hoody.

Gardai believe his killers made their escape in a stolen metallic grey BMW 5 series car, registration 08 D 26305, which was recovered in Lindisfarne Park.

The car had been stolen in Lucan on July 21. Gardai are anxious for anyone who saw it between then and the murder to come forward.

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