Sunday 26 February 2017

Gardai probe dissident republican link to Dublin murder

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Gardai at the scene on Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, where a 53-year-old was shot at around 4.05am this morning. Photo: PA
Gardai at the scene on Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, where a 53-year-old was shot at around 4.05am this morning. Photo: PA
Gardai at the scene on Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, where a 53-year-old was shot at around 4.05am this morning. Photo: PA

Gardai in Dublin were today investigating if the 4am murder of a 53-year-old Dublin man is linked to a dissident republican feud.

Father-of-four Liam Kenny was gunned down in the hallway of his home at Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, near the Liffey Valley shopping centre.



Armed men tried to break down the door of the house and when they failed to gain entry they shot through a damaged panel in the door and hit Mr Kenny several times.



Other family members were in the house at the time, but were not injured. Mr Kenny was brought to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was pronounced dead.



He was a member of Republican Sinn Fein, but is understood to have left last year and joined a Limerick splinter group.



Gardai are investigating if he was the victim of a feud between the Real Ira and the Continunity IRA over an extortion racket in Dublin.



A silver grey car was seen speeding away from the scene and a 10 D Nissan Qashqai car was later found burnt out at the Steeples in nearby Chapelizod.



Superintendent John Gilligan said: "This car is important in terms of the investigation and we believe that it was used as a getaway car."



Gardai in Ronanstown are appealing for any information about the incident and forensic teams had today sealed off the area for examination.



Clondalkin Sinn Fein councillor Matthew McDonagh, who lives close to the scene of today's shooting, said the area was shocked by the killing.



"Especially the age of the man, at 53. We have to condemn it," he said.



"This is the second one (shooting) in the last three weeks (in Clondalkin). From a young man to a man in his mid 50s."



Another 53-year-old man died in hospital on Tuesday following a shooting at a caravan park in Donabate, Co Dublin at the weekend. Michael Taylor died in Beaumont Hospital after being shot several times in the head and body.



Gardai are already investigating the murder of a 20-year-old man who was gunned down in one of two gangland-style attacks on May 26.



Dean Johnson was shot several times as he sat in the back of a car in the Clondalkin. He was shot in his upper body and head and was taken to Tallaght Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



Johnson was known to gardai and was also well-known in the Clondalkin area.



Gardai said no one else was injured in the shooting on Moorfield Avenue and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Ronanstown station.



The murder of the 20-year-old happened about 400 metres from where two drug dealer brothers, Paul Corbally, 35, and Kenneth Corbally, 32, were shot dead last summer.



Earlier, a 23-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the Cabra House pub on Faussagh Avenue, Cabra, north Dublin.



A Garda spokeswoman said the victim refused medical attention for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.



Two men were injured in separate shooting incidents in Dublin on April 30. A man in his 20s suffered gunshot wounds to the legs in an attack at the Barn House pub in Dolphin's Barn.



And a man was seriously injured following a shooting in Finglas in a lane off Cappagh Road. The 42-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. He was later transferred to the Mater Hospital.



Superintendent John Gilligan said: "This car is important in terms of the investigation and we believe that it was used as a getaway car."

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