Hitman was disguised as a postman when intercepted by gardai
Innocent children were just seconds away from witnessing a gun attack on their father when armed detectives moved in on his would-be assassins, The Herald can reveal.
The intended target of the hit is a man with INLA connections who was just about to go on the primary school run in Tallaght with his children at around 9.30am yesterday when gardai moved in and arrested the suspects who had a fully loaded handgun.
One of the gunmen was disguised as a postman.
A senior source explained: “If the gardai had just been a few seconds later, who knows what could have happened here. Not only could the target have been shot, his children could have got hit as well.”
The drama unfolded at Glenshane Drive in Tallaght when officers pounced on the suspects following a major surveillance operation.
The duo, one of whom is 35 and the other aged in his late 20s, have addresses in the Tallaght and Walkinstown areas and they were still being questioned by members of the Special Detective Unit at Tallaght Garda Station last night.
They were both wearing false beards and wigs and one of the suspects was wearing a stolen An Post jacket when arrested.
Both suspects are known dissident republicans and sources say that the attempted murder was part of an internal feud over extortion rackets.
The men don’t have many previous convictions but the Walkinstown man was previously searched by gardai while he protested in north Dublin during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
Sources say that the men had been under surveillance by the gardai’s Crime and Security Agency for a number of days after officers became aware that they planned to carry out a gun murder. But they were intercepted by members of the Emergency Response Unit just before they were about to carry out their plan.
A senior source pointed out: “What could have happened yesterday in Tallaght does not even bear thinking about.
“The shooting was foiled in a quick and targeted way because gardai had these individuals under active surveillance.”