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Leading member of dissident group Real IRA shot dead in Dublin

A leading member of the dissident republican group - the Real IRA - has been shot dead in Dublin.

The man, in his early 30s and from Donaghmede on the north side of the capital, was shot in the head at Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin, shortly after 3.30pm.

He was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Beaumont hospital.

A second man was hit in the legs during the incident and was undergoing treatment at the hospital later.

The dead man headed a small group of dissidents, who had been involved in ongoing disputes with several crime gangs in Dublin and his life was known to be under threat.

The dissident group was allegedly involved in a number of shootings in Dublin and was also blamed for a big extortion and intimidation racket.

The gunman made their escape in a silver car, which was later found burnt out at the Hole in the Wall Road.