Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man and woman held over gun attack

Tom Brady Security Editor

Two suspects, who are next-door neighbours, were being questioned last night by gardai about allegedly plotting to murder Declan O'Reilly, who survived a gun attack last week despite being shot five times.

The suspects, a 31-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, were arrested at their respective homes in the south Dublin suburb of Rathmines at 7am yesterday.

They were being questioned by detectives about alleged threats to kill Mr O'Reilly (30), of Parnell Road, Crumlin.

As part of their investigation, gardai are examining mobile phone traffic and text messages between a number of handsets.

The male suspect is also understood to have been under threat from a jailed gang boss.

The two suspects were being held late last night at Terenure and Rathmines garda stations under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. This allowed gardai to detain them without charge for up to 24 hours.

Five shots were fired at Mr O'Reilly last Tuesday week as he walked down a lane at Kenilworth Manor, linking Harold's Cross Road to a football pitch.

He was hit four times in the chest and arms and was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital for emergency treatment. But none of his wounds were life threatening. and he recovered quickly from his ordeal.

Irish Independent

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