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Friday 16 November 2018

Murder hunt as man gunned down in new gangland killing

Frank Khan

DUBLIN'S spiralling gangland killings claimed another victim last night when a 24-year-old man was viciously gunned down on waste ground in the west of the city, it has been revealed.

DUBLIN'S spiralling gangland killings claimed another victim last night when a 24-year-old man was viciously gunned down on waste ground in the west of the city.

He was named locally early today as Jason Tolan of Drumheath Drive, Mulhuddart.

His death brings to 13 the number who have died in gang-related killings this year in Finglas and nearby suburbs.

Mr Tolan, who was known to the Gardai, was hit by a shotgun blast in the right leg on an area of waste ground between Mulhuddart village and the Wellview housing estate around 4pm.

It is believed there were a number of other people with him at the time and last night gardai were trying to trace them to assist with their inquiries.

A man who came across Mr Tolan shortly after he was shot helped him up and called an ambulance.

The wounded man was rushed to James Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, where he died shortly after admission.

Early today gardai led by Det Inspector Brian Sherry were trying to establish a motive for the brutal killing and are following a definite line of inquiry.

Mr Tolan was suspected of being involved with the west Dublin gang, The Westies, but it was not known if a gangland feud led to his death.

According to one report, the dead man was involved in a row with another young man last week.

Last year, Mr Tolan was found not guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the manslaughter of Dublin taxi driver Arthur Murphy.

Mr Murphy died when a stolen Mercedes car crashed into him while he was driving along Grange Road, Clonsilla, in July 1998.

Early to-day, the scene of the shooting was still sealed off. Gardai recovered a shotgun they believe may have been used in the murder.

The news of Mr Tolan's death was broken to his family around teatime yesterday and they were later comforted by local parish priest, Fr Eugene Taaffe.

Fr Seamus Aherne, who ministers in the Finglas area and has been outspoken about gangland activities, described Mr Tolan's killer as "a coward".

He said: "It is only a coward who resorts to a gun. I don't like bullies and these are bullies."

Mr Tolan's death comes just over a month after the murder of father-of-two Patrick Sheridan jnr, whose body was found dumped on wasteland at Scribblestown, not far from where he lived.

Last August, the highest-profile member of The Westies, Bernard "Verb" Sugg (25) was gunned down by two masked men who fired several shots into him as he met with friends at the Brookwood Inn, Blanchardstown.

It is thought he was killed by a rival gang from Crumlin. Gardai say a core of 10 people are responsible for terrorising the population of west Finglas and three or four of them are described as "extremely dangerous". Gardai have mounted a major operation to crack down on the criminals. It is believed The Westies have made most of their money through drug dealing since they started their crime spree five years ago.

The Westies came to major prominence earlier this year when one of their main ringleaders was involved in a shoot-out with gardai in Virginia, Co Cavan.

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