Sunday 19 January 2020

One man dead in shooting at Dublin pub

Gardai at the scene of the shooting at the Sunset House House pub in Summerhill, Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the shooting at the Sunset House House pub in Summerhill, Dublin.
Gardai and emergency services at the scene tonight.

Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keeffe

One man has been killed in a shooting at The Sunset House pub in Dublin's north inner city tonight.

One gunman shot the victim, who is in his mid 30s, three times, which included at least one shot to the head.

The victim is believed to be a 34-year-old who is originally from Co Tyrone but who had been living in Ballymun, North Dublin.

He had been before the courts on IRA membership charges in the past and was a known associate of senior members of the Hutch crime gang.

The shooting occurred at around 9.30pm. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A car was found burnt out on Walsh Road in Drumcondra. Gardai and the fire brigade are at the scene. The Garda helicopter is also circling the area tonight.

Tonight's murder follows a spate of fatal shootings in the capital.

Gardai from Store Street and Mountjoy stations will now investigate if the shooting is connected to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud. Officers will also examine the victim's links to IRA paramilitary gangs.

The Hutch/Kinahan feud started with Gary Hutch's murder in Spain last Sepetember.

On February 5, a six-man hit squad stormed Dublin's Regency hotel armed with handguns and automatic weapons and senior Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (33) was shot dead.

The revenge killing of Gerry Hutch's brother, Eddie (59), occurred three days after the Regency attack.

His murder was followed by the killing of former Real IRA member Vincent 'Vinnny' Ryan in Finglas, North Dublin on February 29. His murder is not believed to be linked to the Kinahan/Hutch feud.

Hutch associate Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan, a married father of three, was gunned down as he sat in his car outside his home at The Old Mill housing estate in Ratoath, Co Meath, on March 23.

On April 4, innocent drug addict Martin O'Rourke was shot and killed on Sheriff Street in what gardai believe was a case of mistaken identity.

He was caught in the crossfire on Sheriff Street as another murder bid linked to the feud was launched.

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Cllr Nial Ring said the victim was "a nice guy doing his job" and the shooting has left the community "devastated".

"Apparently, a guy came into the bar and there were three shots.  Instantly, people were in shock. There was a special needs chap in the place having a pint and he's in a terrible state. The shock of it.

"And a lot of young mothers were there and there was a big match on the television and it was nearly over when this happened.

"It's unacceptable what has happened in this area tonight. I was borned and reared within 100 yards of this spot and it's appalling what happened.

"Obviously, we're praying for him. He was a nice guy," he said.

"He was from Tyrone and he lived locally. He was a barman in The Sunset House and he took over the pub fairly recently.

"He was just a nice guy doing his job.

"He had been attracting new customers and was doing up the place. Yesterday, we had a huge celebration around here for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. The pub was well done up in Irish and celebratory colours as was the whole area.

"He would have been part of that. He lived locally and had a girlfriend living locally. We're just devastated," he said.

Temporary CCTV installed just days ago may have captured the shooters' escape, according to a TD who lives nearby.

North Dublin TD Noel Rock (FG): "Another gangland shooting goes to show that we urgently need new recruitment and we urgently need the temporary overtime measures extended.

"The car, which was dumped at the foot of Walsh Road, yards from my home, is in an area which is currently covered by temporary CCTV which was erected in recent days by coincidence. I trust Gardai will seek this footage as soon as possible from Dublin City Council and use every avenue possible.

"In the interim, I strongly urge Minister Fitzgerald to extend the overtime measures as it's clear that - with this being yet another incident ending in a normally quiet part of the northside, that we badly need further resources right now"

Local Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain appealed for calm.

"Seriously concerned at reports of another shooting. Calm needed now at all costs," he said.

Local councillor Gary Gannon (Social Democrats) explained that the victim was known only by his first name in the area and people were unaware of his past.

"He was known from the pub. This bar is a couple of minutes from my house so I would see him fairly regularly.

"He was always very friendly and affable."

Mr Gannon said the "political elite" in the country were not taking the gangland crisis seriously.

"The Acting Minister for Justice is too busy talking about local Cumann meetings to get up and do something about this." recently revealed that the gun homicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was almost six times that of England/Wales.

And, contrary to popular belief, the gun homicide rate in the Irish Republic was more than double that of Northern Ireland for the ten years from 2005 to 2015.

In the last decade there were 201 gun murders or manslaughters in the Republic of Ireland between 2005 and 2015 (statistics below).

The corresponding figure for Northern Ireland was 37; for Scotland it was 34; andEngland/Wales - where the figures are merged - there were 420 gun homicides.

The per capita rate for Scotland was 0.064 per 100,000 per annum; Northern Ireland was 0.204; and England/Wales was 0.075. Incredibly the rate in the Republic at 0.437 was more than double that of the North and almost six times the English and Welsh figures.

More to follow.

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