Saturday 18 August 2018

'We pray that all violence stops' - Neighbour's plea for peace after latest Dublin shooting

The scene of the fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux in James Larkin House Flats North Strand this morning
The scene of the fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux in James Larkin House Flats North Strand this morning

Conor Feehan and Denise Calnan

A tribute left near the scene of Dublin's latest fatal shooting has called for all violence to stop.

Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneaux (27) was attacked at James Larkin House, North Strand, Dublin 1 shortly before 9.45pm last night.

He was taken the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The scene of the shooting remained sealed off by Gardai this morning pending a technical examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

Residents leaving the James Larkin flats were interviewed by Gardai and investigations continued throughout the morning.

A letter from neighbour's taped to a lamp post urged for the violence to stop and for peace to be restored to the area.

"Jason you were a true blue son. You'll be sadly missed by all. Always had a smile for all. Always helped your neighbours, even the old, up and down the stairs," the note read.

"We will never ever forget you. We pray for peace," it added, with a crucifix drawn beside the line.

"We pray for your loving mother, sister, niece who adored you. And your children. Gentle Jesus wrap him in your arms," it added.

"No words can explain our loss and love for a neighbour like you. We pray that all violence stops Buda, love from your neighbours," the note, wrapped in plastic, finished.

It is understood Molyneaux may have known his killer, RTE News reported this morning.

They report that ‘Buda’ Molyneaux may have arranged to meet his killer, and seemingly trusted his killer to speak with him briefly before he was attacked.

The note left close to the scene of the fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux
The note left close to the scene of the fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux

Nial Ring, a Dublin city councillor representing the north inner city said he spoke with senior gardai at the scene who "assured me all resources are available and being used to tackle this latest incident."

"All the local community wants is an end to this feud and a return to a normal peaceful life in this close knit and proud community," he said.

"Normality is needed to ensure that local children do not have to endure this constant trauma which will affect them beyond their childhoods. The gardaí are stepping up to the mark - we need the other agencies to do likewise," he added.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD Darragh O'Brien told RTE Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme today that the crisis needs an urgent political response.

"It's criminal, it's criminality, it's people murdering each other," the Fingal TD said.

"But when people hear 'he's known to the gardaí', the shutters come down, people don't care.

"They think 'it's not us, it's them'.

"Thats' a serious problem," he added.

Denying Sean O'Rourke's comments that he was being 'trite', Mr O'Brien said

"I'm not trying to trivialise it... the effect [of a garda taskforce] is not being felt from the people who live here.

"When a concerted effort is made, this could be stopped.

"It happened in Limerick, it could be done. The taskforce is not working.

"A political response is needed and it's lacking and what's happening is people are being shot nearly every second day in the city in Dublin."

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