Wednesday 21 August 2019

Slain IRA boss Aidan 'The Beast' O'Driscoll 'was on way to gun house'

Detectives now believe O’Driscoll, a former chief of staff of the Real IRA, was on his way to that house when he was attacked at 5pm on December 7
Detectives now believe O’Driscoll, a former chief of staff of the Real IRA, was on his way to that house when he was attacked at 5pm on December 7

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí found weapons in a house where former Real IRA commander Aidan 'The Beast' O'Driscoll (37) was believed to be headed before he was ambushed and killed.

Detectives hope a forensic and ballistic analysis of two weapons seized in Cork will yield valuable clues about a deadly faction feud within dissident republican ranks.

The weapons - a sawn-off shotgun and a US-made Colt semi-automatic pistol - were seized from a property on the Old Commons Road in Cork just hours after O'Driscoll was fatally shot.

Detectives now believe O'Driscoll, a former chief of staff of the Real IRA, was on his way to that house when he was attacked at 5pm on December 7.

He apparently realised he was about to be ambushed, turned and attempted to flee.

However, he was shot once in the back and fell to the pavement.

A gunman then walked up to him and shot him three more times.

O'Driscoll died just over an hour later as he was undergoing emergency surgery at Cork University Hospital.

The two gunmen then fled in a waiting Nissan Almera car, which was later found burned out off Redemption Road.

A second getaway car, a Vauxhall Astra estate, was found burned out in the Monard-Killeens area.

Gardaí now suspect as many as five people may have been involved in the murder.

A few hours after the shooting, the weapons were recovered by gardaí from the Old Commons Road property - and a detailed search of the house also yielded ammunition which had been hidden in the attic.

Detectives believe O'Driscoll's murder may be linked to a feud between dissident Republican factions in Cork.

They have not ruled out the possibility that O'Driscoll was lured to the Old Commons Road by people he knew within the dissident Republican ranks, only to be ambushed and killed.

Detectives renewed their appeal for information on the killing.

They said some people in the area at the time have not yet come forward.

Irish Independent

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