Sunday 19 November 2017

Friends set up funeral fundraiser for dad-of-three shot dead outside home

Darragh Nugent, a father of three, was gunned down
Darragh Nugent, a father of three, was gunned down
Garda forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting of Darragh Nugent at Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin.
The remains of shooting victim Darragh Nugent is removed from the scene at Wheatfield Ave Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Friends of a dad-of-three who was shot dead outside his house have set up a fundraiser for his funeral.

Darragh Nugent (36) was gunned down outside his home on Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin on Monday night.

It has since emerged, gardaí were preparing to charge the victim with the 2012 murder of Gerard Eglington.

The fundraiser has a €1,000 goal and reached €95 in 21 hours.

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.

The page reads; "On behalf of Darragh's loving girlfriend, children & Family, we've set up this page to see if our community could come together and help raise some costs towards his funeral arrangements.

"Most will know how this was a sudden shock for us all, his 3 beautiful children, girlfriend & family would like to give him the best send off as they can, any little amount to help towards this cost would be hugely appreciated by them all."

The remains of shooting victim Darragh Nugent is removed from the scene at Wheatfield Ave Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The remains of shooting victim Darragh Nugent is removed from the scene at Wheatfield Ave Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Threats

Nugent was suspected of making threats against his local rivals in recent days just over six months after he was arrested by officers on his way to kill a senior member of the rival gang.

Now, Independent.ie has learned that Nugent was suspected of playing a central role in the murder of Gerard Eglington (27) who was gunned down at his home in Kilnacourt Woods in Portarlington, Co Laois in September 2012 as his stepdaughter, 11, and three-year-old son looked on.

Nugent was arrested over the killing, which was linked to the Crumlin Drimnagh feud, and gardaí were about to send a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the case.

A senior source confirmed: "This man was a key suspect in the case and the file was almost concluded on him. Gardaí were confident that he would be charged with the murder."

Independent.ie has learned that detectives found evidence linking Nugent to a car that was seized in the aftermath of the murder.

Gardaí carried out painstaking CCTV analysis which linked the car to the shooting.

"This was a lengthy and detailed investigation."

The Irish Sun is also reporting that Nugent was previously questioned by gardaí over a pipe-bomb attack on the family home of RTE presenter Brian Ormond. The house was attacked in 2011 because Mr Ormond's brother is a serving garda.

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