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Saturday 25 January 2020

Shot gym boss tells his Facebook pals – I’m on the mend

Sean Enright during a white collar boxing night
Sean Enright during a white collar boxing night

Conor Feeehan

The Dublin gym boss who was shot four times has told friends he’s “on the mend”.

Sean Enright’s assurance came as gardai investigating the near-fatal shooting found the car believed to have been used in the attack outside his Finglas gym shortly before noon on Wednesday.

Yesterday, the businessman posted a message on his Facebook account thanking friends for their support, and assuring them he’s “on the mend”.

Enright (32) has shocked medics and gardai with his survival after he was hit in the upper body and neck in a hail of bullets as he arrived to work at his gym at the Ballyboggan Business Centre on Wednesday.

The father-of-three also survived a previous attack on his life in 2011 when nine bullets were pumped into his car as he arrived home in Clonsilla. He was hit six times as he ran from his car.

“Just want to thank everybody for their well-wishes. I’m on the mend,” Enright’s Facebook entry read.

It was followed immediately by comments from friends saying they were glad to hear he was recovering.

“50 cent hasn’t a patch on you Sean. Good to see you’re on the mend,” said one friend.

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“I’m christening you Iron Man, hah,” said another.

Gardai also made a major breakthrough in their investigation into the shooting of Enright when the getaway car was discovered in Finglas south on Wednesday evening.

“An attempt had been made to burn it out, which wasn’t successful, so there is potential for a lot of forensic evidence to work with,” a garda source told the Herald.

Gardai made an appeal for anyone who saw the silver Mini with Northern plates to come forward, and the distinctive vehicle was discovered within hours of the shooting not far from the crime scene in Finglas.

Officers are continuing to trawl through CCTV footage of the shooting and the routes used by the would-be killers, and are confident the evidence they have will be valuable in building a case.

Gardai are investigating if there are possible links between the shooting of Enright on Wednesday and the attempted murder of Derek McLoughlin near another gym in Swords on Tuesday morning.

Both Enright and McLoughlin have friends in the Dublin crime scene, with Cabra native Enright known to have associated with Alan and Wayne Bradley, who are currently serving time for conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van, and murdered crime king-pin Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne.

McLoughlin, from Balbriggan, has convictions for assault and had a four-year sentence suspended for attacking a man in Ballymun and also assaulting a garda while being fingerprinted. McLoughlin was also a pall-bearer at the funeral of Eamon Dunne.

Enright was rushed to the Mater Hospital on Wednesday after the attack.

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