Friday 17 January 2020

Gangland shooting probe will be 'uphill struggle'

Shane Hickey and Tim Healy

JUSTICE Minister Dermot Ahern has admitted gardai face an uphill battle in getting information about gangland killers as the hunt continues for the gunmen who shot dead two brothers in their car.

A 14-year-old boy who was also shot during in the killing of drug dealers Paul and Kenneth Corbally in Clondalkin, west Dublin, earlier this week is still under armed garda protection.

Mr Ahern said it is a continual difficulty to pin down information about gangland criminals.

The gardai have launched a local campaign in the Clondalkin area to secure details about the two gunmen who were driven in an Audi A6 to murder the Corballys.

"In all of these crimes, particularly gangland crimes, it is very hard to get intelligence," he said yesterday.

The teenage witness was injured in the side and arm while he was sitting in the back of the car during the murder.

Yesterday, the mother of the boy got a High Court injunction preventing the 'Irish Daily Star' from naming him.

Counsel for the mother told the court the boy was playing with friends on the road when some men approached him, started talking to him about bikes and then offered him a lift home. The shooting subsequently took place.


Declan Doyle SC, for the mother, said she was seeking the injunction because of threats to his life. Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said it was a sufficiently serious matter to grant the injunction as there is a child involved and because of the fear his life would be in danger.

The matter is due to come before the court again today.

After the boy was shot, he managed to stagger to a nearby home in the Neilstown area and raise the alarm and was then brought to Tallaght Hospital.

The two brothers, known as violent drug dealers, were shot dead in a contract killing ordered after the pair were involved in the stabbing of a rival gang member.

Gardai renewed their call for information last night. Anyone who has information about the silver Audi A6, which was stolen in Co Carlow during the night of June 8 and June 9, has been asked to contact gardai.

The correct registration number for the car is 02 D 2633 but it may have been seen with either this number or the false number 00 KE 13498 between when it was stolen and the murders. Gardai can be contacted at Ronanstown garda station at (01) 666-7700 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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