Monday 19 February 2018

Man charged in connection with the murder of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan

Kirwan with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Kirwan with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan.

The suspect will be brought before Blanchardstown District Court on Monday morning where he will be charged in connection with the fatal shooting on December 22.

A woman who was being held in connection with the investigation has been released without charge. A file will be sent to the DPP.

The pair were held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at Lucan and Blanchardstown Garda Stations.

Kirwan (62) was shot as he sat in a car outside his home on St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin. He was the 11th victim of the Hutch Kinahan feud.

His partner, who was also in the car, escaped unharmed.

Several shots were fired at the victim, including to his head, before the assailant ran to a waiting van, which had another man in the driver’s seat.

A white Peugeot Partner van was found burnt out a short distance away at the Neilstown Shopping Centre.

Gardai have been investigating whether he was shot dead after attempting to mediate in a dispute between the Kinahan cartel and their own gangland banker.

Kirwan attempted to prevent the cartel from carrying out an attack on the banker – who also works for the Hutch mob.

Kirwan was a childhood friend of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and was a prominent anti-drugs campaigner in Dublin’s north inner city during the 1990s.

His adult son Kristopher and daughter Donna previously told RTE Crimecall that their father had done nothing to warrant the attack.

They have also issued a heartfelt plea for help catching his killers.

“Why did they take his life?" asked daughter Donna. "I can’t understand it at all. What did they think he was involved in at all?

“We know 100pc, he was never involved in anything.”

The family explained that they have now been left to grieve for their father with no answers or explanation.

Kristopher said: “When I was told about my dad the first person I wanted to call was my Dad. It’s just now, still very very surreal.”

Donna added: “We are just traumatised. Every day we wake up and its groundhog day. We are just living a nightmare every single day. We can't even cry anymore, we are just numb.”

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