Man and woman arrested after discovery of man shot dead in remote laneway
* Discovery of man in remote laneway
* Suffered multiple gunshot wounds
* Victim aged in his thirties
* Full investigation team set up
Published 05/06/2016 | 10:43
Gardai have arrested a man and a woman following the discovery of a man who was shot dead in a remote laneway in south county Dublin.
The two, both aged in their mid-twenties, were arrested this evening and are being held at Tallaght and Rathfarnham Garda Stations.
The victim, aged in his thirties and from the Dublin area, was "known to gardai" for his involvement in criminality.
The grim discovery was made by a passerby this morning who initially believed that the man was the victim of a road traffic accident.
However when Gardaí arrived at the scene in Co Dublin it was discovered that he had been shot.
They said they believe that he was shot multiple times at the location where he was found.
It is understood he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and upper body.
No weapon has been found at this stage but sources say that bullet casings were discovered close to the body.
"The identity of the deceased man has been confirmed and we are in the process of notifying his family," Superintendent Peter Duff at Tallaght Garda Station said.
"We believe that a number of gunshots were discharged at Hills Lane Crooksling.
"Consequently I am appealing for anyone who was in the Hills Lane or Crooksling areas between the hours of 9pm last night, Saturday 4th June to 9am this morning, Sunday 5th June, or who may have heard gunshots in this area, to contact Tallaght Garda station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111."
Gardai in Tallaght say there is no indication that the killing of the man is linked to the recent spate of killings in the capital.
A full investigation team has been assembled which includes assistance from the Garda National Units, and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed.
The man's body was discovered in a rural laneway, with just a handful of houses located close by.
The scene at Hills Lane, Crooksling, south of Saggart and Tallaght in south county Dublin is currently sealed off.
Dr Michael Curtis and a full Garda Technical Bureau team have attended the scene which is currently undergoing a full technical examination. A post-mortem will be carried out in the morning.
The two arrested are currently detained under Section 30, Offences Against the State Act, 1939.
Sinn Fein councillor Dermot Richardson said local residents were "shocked" to learn of last night's shooting.
"It's a very quiet area and people are shocked that this could have happened there," he said.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Hills Lane or Crooksling areas, or who may have noticed anything unusual last night or early this morning, to contact them at Tallaght Garda station on 01 666 6000.
There have already been more gun homicides to date in 2016 as there were in all of 2015.
A total of eight people were shot dead last year. Already 10 people have been gunned down in 2016, just over five months into the year.
The previous were:
January 16: Kenneth O'Brien was shot and his remains dumped in the Grand Canal
February 5: David Byrne killed at the Regency Hotel, Whitehall, Dublin
February 8: Eddie Hutch Snr shot dead at his home on Portland Row, Dublin
February 29: Vincent 'Vinny' Ryan gunned down on McKee Road, Finglas
March 23: Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan shot dead outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath
April 14: Martin O'Rourke killed on Sheriff St, Dublin 1
April 25: Michael Barr shot dead at the Sunset House bar, Dublin 1
April 25: Tom Farnan, murdered at his home on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin
May 24: Gareth Hutch, killed near his home on Cumberland Street North, Dublin 1
Independent.ie recently revealed that the gun homicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was almost six times that of England/Wales.