Tuesday 12 December 2017

Murder hunt after man gunned down in attack on street

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting of a man in Neilstown, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardaí at the scene of the shooting of a man in Neilstown, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ken Foy and Allison Bray

A murder investigation is under way after a man was shot dead in a gun attack in the capital last night.

The incident took place around 9.30pm yesterday in Neilstown in west Dublin.

The victim was named locally as 36-year-old Darragh Nugent, who was a close associate of jailed gangster James 'Nelly' Walsh.

He was shot several times in the attack, which is believed to be part of a bitter local dispute.

It is understood the victim was shot just yards from his home on Wheatfield Avenue.

However, it is feared there may have been no witnesses to the murder at this early stage of the investigation.

Victim Darragh Nugent
Victim Darragh Nugent

Gardaí do not believe the shooting is connected to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud which has so far claimed 12 lives.

The murder is being investigated as part of a bitter dispute in the Clondalkin area that has led to a number of other murders in the past.

The victim was known to Gardaí and was on bail for firearms offences after being arrested last February.

The incident was reported to Gardaí at 9.40pm. The Garda Air Support Unit was called in and Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics also arrived.

An eye-witness said emergency workers were administering CPR to the victim.

The area was sealed off by a large Garda cordon as members of the Garda Armed Response Unit patrolled the scene.

A Garda forensics tent was erected at around 10.45pm in the middle of the tree-lined street where it is understood the victim was shot.

A large number of residents gathered on the streets last night and one young woman said: "People heard bangs but they just thought it was fireworks."

Another local resident said she heard about eight "shots" before hearing a Garda helicopter overhead.

Local TD Gino Kenny (PBP) said it was worrying that the area had seen another shooting incident.

"It is obviously shocking that there is another shooting in Dublin, and in the Clondalkin area especially. Any violence like that needs to be condemned."

Mr Kenny said a large number of homes in the estate where the shooting happened were rented.

Investigating gardaí appealed for anyone with information to contact them at Ronanstown Garda Station on (01) 666 7700.

Irish Independent

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