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Saturday 18 November 2017

'I love you with all my heart and always will' - Fiancée's emotional tribute to murder victim Neil Reilly

Gina McAney with Neil Reilly
Gina McAney with Neil Reilly
A car involved in the incident at the Glebe in Lucan, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
The house at Liscarne Gardens, Ronanstown where shots were fired through a down stairs window Photo: Frank McGrath
Gardaí gather evidence near where the car was found Photo: Frank McGrath
A shotgun shell on the ground near the house at Liscarne Gardens in Ronanstown Photo: Frank McGrath
The car which was involved in a incident at The Glebe in Lucan. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath
The car which was involved in an incident at The Glebe in Lucan. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath
The car which was involved in an incident at The Glebe in Lucan. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath
The car which was involved in an incident at The Glebe in Lucan. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath

Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

The fiancée of tragic Neil Reilly, who was beaten and run over in Lucan last week, has left a heart-breaking message at the site of Reilly’s brutal murder.

According to The Sunday World, Gina McAney left a floral tribute card which said: “I love you with all my heart and always will.  You made me a better person.

"Love you to the moon and back.”

Father-of-two Reilly (36), who died in hospital of his horrendous injuries, was a convicted drug dealer who had served a seven-year stretch in jail for possession of €66,000 worth of cocaine. 

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, January 18, he  made a fatal error when he fired a warning shot through the window of a house in Clondalkin over a dispute said to be about the non-payment of repairs to Reilly’s car.

Minutes after the shooting, it is suspected that occupants of the house, who had been watching TV, began a 7km high-speed pursuit of Reilly, who crashed his car into a lamp-post at Esker Glebe in Lucan. 

The scene of the murder now holds Gina’s sorrowful message to her dead fiancé.

The four men pursuing Reilly inflicted a in a merciless attack on him, beating, stabbing and finally running over him before making their escape.

Reilly was heard moaning loudly by shocked onlookers who were awoken by the savage attack.  He was removed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown but died shortly after from his fatal injuries.

A fortnight before the attack Reilly had been threatened by a man with a knife who demanded payment for repair work done to Reilly’s car.

Reilly refused to pay and this led to his feud with the four attackers who took his life.

The four attackers have been identified by gardai and are expected to be arrested in the next few days.

Gardai in Lucan are appealing to anyone who was in the Liscarne Gardens area at around 4am, to come forward with any information.

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