Gardai probe motive as man shot on doorstep of dad's house
A MAN who was shot three times in a murder attempt remains in a serious condition in hospital.
Shane Mooney (39) was shot on the doorstep of his father's home in the townland of Dowth, Co Meath.
A motive for the shooting was not immediately known and gardai are keeping an open mind in their investigation.
However, it appears that Mr Mooney was the intended target in the attack.
Investigations are continuing and gardai hope to interview Mr Mooney when doctors say he is well enough.
It has emerged that Mr Mooney had a number of minor convictions.
In January 1999, he was convicted of malicious damage and given a three-month suspended sentence.
In February 2000, he was convicted of assault and fined €2,500, while in October 2002 he was convicted of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and ordered to pay €500 compensation.
Mr Mooney was hit twice in the upper body and once in the leg after he answered a call to the door of the remote house in the townland near Slane at 9.45pm on Sunday.
He was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where his injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening. Mr Mooney is a security guard and has worked at the Scotch Hall shopping centre, Drogheda.
Gardai sealed off the two-storey secluded house, which is situated down a side road.
Residents in the area, including former senior court official James Flynn, have expressed their shock at the shooting.
Mr Flynn held the office of Senior Taxing Master of the High Court in the Taxing Masters Office for 18 years, until December 2011.
"I saw the garda tape as I was leaving the house yesterday morning but I wasn't aware that anyone had been shot," Mr Flynn said.
"I can't understand it. I only know the elderly man in the house and he is a quiet man. I have given him a lift a few times," he added.
Mr Flynn's residence, Netterville Manor, is just across the road from the Mooneys' and dates to 1877.
Another neighbour, Kathleen Devin, said: "My son was going to bed last night when he spotted an ambulance at the house, but Shane's father is in ill-health so we thought it might be related to that.
"I couldn't believe it when my daughter rang me this morning and was asking me who was shot in Dowth. She had heard it on the news and then when I looked up the road and saw the gardai I put two and two together," she added.