Sunday 17 December 2017

Prisoner in 'Liveline' call died in late night ambush

John Daly was killed when a gunman shot him repeatedly
John Daly was killed when a gunman shot him repeatedly

Gareth Naughton

A CRIMINAL who made headlines when he rang RTE'S 'Liveline' from his prison cell was brutally gunned down as he arrived home after a night out, an inquest heard.

John Daly (27), from Cloonlara Drive in Finglas, Dublin 11, died in the early hours of October 22, 2007, when a gunman pumped six bullets into his head and chest. Just months before his death, he had prompted a public outcry and subsequent clampdown on contraband in prisons when he rang 'Liveline' from his cell in Portlaoise.

On the night of his death, he was drinking with friends and family. Having purchased alcohol at a house in Finglas, they headed to Cloonlara Drive. As the taxi arrived, another car pulled up behind them.

The gunman fired repeatedly through the passenger window. Daly was killed instantly having suffered multiple injuries.

Detective Inspector Colm Murphy said nobody has ever faced trial in relation to the murder and there is no prospect of this happening in the near future. The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by a person or persons unknown.

Irish Independent

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