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Garda appeal for help in halting site murder hunt

GARDAI last night issued a fresh appeal for help in tracking down the killers of a father of three, who was shot dead in his Dublin home at the weekend.

The plea was made as detectives sought to establish a motive for the savage murder of 49-year-old Tom McDonagh, who was gunned down in his mobile home at St Margaret's halting site in Ballymun on Saturday night.

Detectives suspect that Mr McDonagh was shot dead because he owed money to a crime gang.

Investigators are particularly anxious to hear from anybody, who saw:

•A dark coloured Nissan Qashqai car being driven into the halting site and back out again between 9.45pm and 9.55pm on Saturday;

•Two men getting out of the car at Mayeston apartment complex in Finglas after speeding along St Margaret's Road and then setting it on fire;

•Men running through bushes, scaling a fence and then being collected in a vehicle at the Finglas exit leading onto the southbound lane of the M50 around 10pm.

They have been asked to contact Ballymun station, on 01 6664400 or the confidential line, 1800 666111.

Irish Independent