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Saturday 24 February 2018

'Bad, bad decisions' - Some mourners heckle priest at funeral of gangland victim Darragh Nugent

Darragh Nugent, a father of three, was gunned down
Darragh Nugent, a father of three, was gunned down

Gavin White

SOME mourners heckled the priest during the funeral mass today of Darragh Nugent, who was shot dead in Dublin earlier this month.

The intervention from the congregation came after the priest said the murdered man had made "bad, bad decisions" that contributed to his death.

Garda forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting of Darragh Nugent at Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin.
Garda forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting of Darragh Nugent at Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin.

Mr Nugent, a father-of-three, was shot dead outside his home on Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin on Monday, September 11.

The 36-year-old was shot dead a week before his pal John Gibson (28) was murdered in Tallaght last Monday as part of the same west Dublin drugs dispute.

Gardai believe both murders were carried out by the same rival gang whose leader is a convicted crack cocaine dealer.

Mr Nugent was well-known to gardaí and detectives believe his killers were lying in wait for him before they pounced at 9.40pm.

Darragh Nugent.
Darragh Nugent.

Today, Fr David Halpin, from Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rowlagh, was heckled by a number of people on different occasions as he spoke about Mr Nugent's death.

One mourner in congregation shouted out: "That’s enough," and "This is supposed to be a celebration of Darragh’s life."

Fr Halpin questioned "who is responsible for us being here today?" before he said it was a "small-minded person" who "ordered the hit".

Fr Halpin then proceeded to say "But Darragh did make bad, bad decisions, and those decisions and actions contributed" to his death.

However, as he was heckled, members of Mr Nugent's family asked that the priest be allowed continue as "he has to do what he has to do".

At the funeral, Mr Nugent’s son and daughter made emotional speeches about their late father.

Meanwhile, gardai made a fresh appeal on Friday for information about Mr Nugent's murder in Neilstown.

Supt Dermot Mann said: "Last Thursday, gardai responded to a call of a car on fire at Woodside, Leixlip, which was used in the murder.

"It has been established the registration number of the black BMW was 02 MH 7025.

"During the technical examination of the car, a firearm was located.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen this car in the days leading up to September 11 to contact us."

Last night, armed gardai continued to patrol west Dublin to prevent more attacks.

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