Saturday 10 December 2016

Hitmen execute senior IRA man in gangland war

* Gardaí probe link to feud * Two murders in capital

Ken Foy and Alan O'Keeffe

Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30

Members of the Gardai attend the scene of a shooting at the Sunset House Pub in Ballybough, Dublin.
Members of the Gardai attend the scene of a shooting at the Sunset House Pub in Ballybough, Dublin.

A murder investigation is underway after a senior member of the IRA was shot dead in a Dublin pub.

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In the latest brutal hit on the capital's streets, the victim - named locally as Michael Barr - was shot in the head by a hitman after 9pm in Dublin's north inner city.

Barr (34), a dissident IRA member who was due before the courts this week, has also been linked to the Regency Hotel attack on February 5. He was shot dead inside the Sunset House Pub on Summerhill Parade at approximately 9.30pm. He was hit at least three times, including one shot to the head, and died at the scene.

Gardai are now probing whether Barr is the sixth victim of the Kinahan/Hutch feud, or was shot dead as part of an internal dispute in the IRA.

Originally from Tyrone, Mr Barr had moved to the inner city in recent months and was working at the pub.

The murder is the third gangland killing in the last three months within a one-mile radius. Two weeks ago, innocent father-of-three Martin O'Rourke was gunned down on Sheriff Street, while Eddie Hutch Snr was shot at his home on Poplar Row in Ballybough on February 8. The deaths followed the Regency Hotel killing of David Byrne on February 5.

Meanwhile, also last night, another man was shot four times and died at the scene in Clondalkin, west Dublin. Full story, Pages 2-3

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