A man has died following a gangland gun attack in north Dublin last night.
The man aged in his mid-40s was named locally as Paddy ‘Pappy’ Lyons. He was shot in the Belclare area of Ballymun.
Detectives are now probing if the murder is linked to a local dispute, or if it may have been carried out by the Kinahan cartel.
Gardaí were alerted to the shooting at around 9pm and rushed to the scene.
The victim was treated for gunshot wounds but was pronounced dead a short time later.
‘Pappy’ Lyons grew up not far from where he was shot, and locals today said that although he had his troubles they were shocked to learn of his murder.
He was often seen playing football on the street with his young son, and neighbours were saddened by his death.
“There’s no way you would have thought he would end up being shot dead,” said one neighbour.
“Pappy was very well known in the area and we’d see him out playing with his young lad. He didn’t deserve what happened to him,” said another.
The victim was an only child, and locals today said he was from a well respected family.
“They are good people, and poor Pappy fell-in with the wrong crowd. We desperately feel for his parents,” said one local man.
Lyons’s mother was today being comforted by relatives.
At the scene of the shooting local TD Paul McAuliffe said the shooting was sad for the Lyons family and the people of Ballymun.
“In the past, shootings like this have triggered other attacks, and we hope that will not be the case here,” he said.
“We want to try and keep things cooled down and ensure there is a garda presence on the ground,” he added.
Detectives have set up an incident room at Ballymun garda station.
They are also appealing for witnesses, or anyone who has information in relation to the incident, to contact them.
Gardaí were last night examining a motive for the first gun murder of the year.
A spokesperson said that gardaí were investigating “a fatal shooting incident” that occurred in Belclare Terrace, Ballymun, Dublin, yesterday evening at 9pm.
“A male, aged in his mid-40s, received a number of gunshot wounds and has been pronounced dead at the scene.
“The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination is to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau,” the spokesperson said last night.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.”
Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Belclare Terrace and Belclare Park areas yesterday between 8pm and 9.15pm.
“Anyone who may have camera footage of the incident, including dash-cam and mobile phone footage, is asked to make it available to investigating gardaí,” the spokesperson said.
The scene was preserved last night for a technical examination. Anyone with any information should contact Ballymun garda station on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.