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Thursday 17 October 2019

Gardaí investigating shooting find €9,000 cash buried in a field

The jar containing wads of cash was found in a field near a car wash run by murdered Eric Fowler
The jar containing wads of cash was found in a field near a car wash run by murdered Eric Fowler

Tom Brady and Robin Schiller

Gardaí probing the attempted murder of a father-of-two have discovered a jar containing €9,000 buried in a field.

The find was made after detectives investigating the shooting of Lee Boylan (24) drafted in army engineers to help them during a number of searches in the Hartstown area of west Dublin yesterday.

One of the places raided was a car wash run by murdered criminal Eric Fowler, who was linked to the Kinahan cartel.

The jar, stuffed with wads of €50 notes, was found in a nearby field.

The Defence Forces engineers used ground-penetrating radar to locate the jar one metre underground.

As part of the operation, gardaí also arrested three men aged in their 20s and 30s. Searches by local gardaí and members of the Armed Support Unit were also carried out in Limerick, and one male was arrested there.

All four were last night in custody at Blanchardstown and Finglas garda stations, where they were detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The seizure and arrests were made as part of the ongoing investigation into the shooting of Mr Boylan (24).

One of the men arrested is suspected of being the spotter who tipped off the gunman as to Mr Boylan's movements.

Another is suspected of supplying a car used in the shooting.

Mr Boylan was shot multiple times as he sat in his van on the Blakestown Road on March 6. He suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and neck, and has been left with life-changing injuries.

Mr Boylan is known to gardaí, and associates with a number of men who have links to a number of organised criminals, including the mob led by drug dealer Mr Flashy.

However, he has no previous convictions himself.

His father, Noel Boylan, also survived an attempted hit. On June 1, he was shot twice in the arm and chest outside a Lidl supermarket also on the Blakestown Road, and just 450m from where his son was shot.

Gardaí are probing links between the gun attacks on the Boylans and the murder of Kinahan cartel-linked criminal Eric Fowler (34).

Lee Boylan is not considered to be a suspect in the Fowler murder. However, the killing has been blamed on associates of Lee Boylan, who have links to the cartel.

Irish Independent

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