Saturday 19 January 2019

Gun victim had links to local gangs

Friends of dead man urged to come forward

The body is taken away from the scene of the shooting in Coolock, Dublin. Photo: David Conachy
The body is taken away from the scene of the shooting in Coolock, Dublin. Photo: David Conachy
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The man who was shot dead in front of his friends in Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning had links to local gangland crime.

The 24-year-old was on the footpath on Moatview Avenue in Coolock with a group of men and women when he was shot in the head at 2.20am.

The man, who has been named as Jamie Tighe, died at the scene. Gardai are appealing for anyone who was with him at the time of the shooting to come forward.

As the murder investigation began yesterday, detectives had yet to trace the man's friends. They believe these friends may have witnessed the attack first hand.

The getaway car, a black Audi A3, was found burned out near the Clearwater shopping centre in Finglas. But gardai were unable to say how many occupants were in it.

The man was from Coolock and was believed to have had previous convictions. He was thought to have had connections to some Hutch gang members, but so far his murder is not thought to be linked to the ongoing Kinahan/Hutch feud.

Superintendent Gerard Donnelly appealed for the people who were with Jamie Tighe at the time to come forward, and anyone else who may have witnessed the shooting or who saw the black Audi.

"I am also aware that the deceased person was in the company of a number of people, both male and female, at the time of the shooting. So, I would ask those people to please make contact with us," said Supt Donnelly.

"I am also appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious, in the Moatview area and in the area close to Martin's pub in Priorswood between 2am and 2.30am to please make contact with us."

The body was removed from Moatview Avenue yesterday morning and brought to the city mortuary. A post-mortem was carried out there yesterday afternoon by Dr Margaret Bolster.

Gardai have issued an appeal for information about the black Audi A3, with a registration number 00 O1 Y5067. The car was found partially burnt out between Griffith and Fairlawn Park outside Prospect Hill in Finglas.

Local residents who knew the dead man were horrified.

"I just heard it this morning," said a woman who asked not to be named. She added the dead man was "a nice lad".

"I didn't know him well, but he was a nice lad. It's very sad," she said. "The area is not safe. The place is rampant with drugs."

Gardai can be contacted at Coolock on 016664200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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