Saturday 21 July 2018

Opportunistic hitman struck while gardaí were dealing with another murder

Tom Farnan and Michael Barr
Tom Farnan and Michael Barr
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An opportunistic hitman may have used the chaos caused by another gangland hit to seek out and kill a father-of-one.

"Gentle Giant" Tom Farnan (37) was blasted to death after he answered his front door on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin in West Dublin shortly before midnight on Monday.

His death came just over two hours after dissident Michael Barr (35) was shot and killed in The Sunset Bar, Summerhill.

Now gardaí are investigating if Farnan’s killer used the confusion caused by the earlier murder to carry out their own deadly attack.

Gardaí have not established a motive for the attack but one line of enquiry is that it was connected to a dispute over a stolen motorbike.

A senior source said: “There is no clear motive at this point for the killing. He was not a serious criminal.

“He was just a local head going about his normal business.”

The well-placed source added: “The proximity of the two killings timewise is unusual but gardaí have been unable to establish a clear link between them.

Michael Barr who was shot dead in the Sunset House attack
Michael Barr who was shot dead in the Sunset House attack

“One theory is that the killer knew garda resources would be drawn to the north inner city and decided to strike while the resources were elsewhere.”

Tributes were paid to Mr Farnan this afternoon.

Nephew Anto Farran told “I lovew him and I hope he rests in peace.”

Earlier Tom’s younger sister Jenny Farnan told "Waking up and still living the nightmare how can this life be so cruel.

"Words can't describe how much I'm going to miss him. My heart is broken I still can't believe it."

She said the family could not understand why he was killed and insisted that she didn't want to speculate: "I just want it put out there that he was not involved in any of the gangland or criminal activities.

"He was just a normal decent man, a big brother, a loving son and a brilliant father."

She continued: "He was the best brother I could have ever asked for. If anybody asked for anything then he would do it for them."

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