Friday 15 December 2017

Man undergoes emergency surgery after shooting incident in city

Garda at the scene of the shooting on Jonathan Kenny
Garda at the scene of the shooting on Jonathan Kenny
Garda at the scene of the shooting this morning
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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man in his 30s has been shot in Crumlin this morning and has undergone emergency surgery.

The victim, named locally as Jonathan Kenny, is the brother of Ian Kenny who died in 2009 after spending two years in a coma following a shooting.

The exact circumstances of last night’s shooting are unclear, but emergency services were called to Monasterboice Road at around 4am where they found Kenny on the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

It is unclear if he was targeted at the family home or elsewhere and then made his way to Monasterboice Road.

An ambulance and fire tender arrived at the scene and Kenny was treated by paramedics before being taken to St James’s Hospital for surgery.

His condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Gardai sealed off the scene this morning pending a forensic examination and items of an evidential nature were taken away for analysis.

Jonathan’s brother Ian Kenny was 22 when he was shot in a car in Stillorgan by his friend Jonathan Dunne in 2007.

The background to the murder is complex but stems from the fact that when he was a teenager, Dunne lost cannabis worth €50,000 which gardai believe belonged to 'Fat' Freddie Thompson’s gang.

He was not asked to pay back the cash at the time but was told that he owed Thompson's gang a favour.

In July 2007, the gang called in that favour and Dunne was ordered to kill his childhood friend Kenny.

Sources say that the reason for this is that Kenny had been in a long standing feud with associates of Ian 'Mad Dog' Maloney (24) - the notorious criminal who was closely linked to Thompson's gang at the time.

As the feud between Kenny and 'Mad Dog's' associates threatened to spiral out of control in September 2006, a garda sergeant was shot and injured as he stood outside Kenny's home by one of Maloney's associates.

The gang targeted the house, and when two Gardai were later posted at the property to preserve the scene a car drew up to target it a second time.

Newly promoted sergeant Mark Clarke was one of those Gardai.

As the car drew up to the house somebody threw a bottle towards it and as Sgt Clarke walked onto the roadway to confront the occupants, he was shot in the left side of his chest and in the wrist.

The car then sped away followed by three gardai in a patrol car. After a chase, the car crashed into another vehicle near the Mourne Road and Benbulben Road junction in Drimnagh.

Sgt Clarke was hospitalised but survived the attack.

The Kenny family home on Monasterboice Road in Crumlin, which has been the target of several attacks in the past, is now like a fortress, with three CCTV cameras on the front of the house and one on the roof.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information on last night's shooting to contact Sundrive Rd Garda Station on 01- 6666600, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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