THE Corbally brothers were murdered in a €40k contract killing, it emerged today.
And the gunmen were promised a ‘bonus’ if both men were slain.
Two guns-for-hire from Dublin’s north inner city are the chief suspects for the double murder of Kenneth and Paul Corbally in Clondalkin, Dublin.
Garda intelligence reports suggest that a major Ballyfermot drug dealer put the five figure contract on the men six weeks ago – and pledged extra cash if both brothers were taken out.
Armed gardai patrolled around Ballyfermot early today amid fears of further violence in the feud between the Corbally faction and a rival group led by the 36-year-old gang boss.
An innocent 14-year-old boy, who was in the Corbally's Lexus when the gunmen opened fire, remains under armed guard at Tallaght Hospital and was interviewed by gardai last night. He was shot three times in the right arm and chest but escaped with his life.
A source told the Herald today: “The word is that €40,000 had been put up by the Ballyfermot dealer to target the brothers. There was more cash promised if both were shot.”
The career criminal Corballys were killed when two balaclavaclad hit-men jumped out of an Audi A6 and riddled their car with up to a dozen bullets on the Neilstown Road in Clondalkin at 8pm on Monday.
The main suspect in the killing, a high-profile Ballyfermot gangster with at least 15 convictions, ordered the hit against the well-known drug-dealing brothers after they attempted to take him out in a hit at a house in Bluebell six weeks ago.
A member of the man’s gang was stabbed and beaten in an incident at the end of April which the Corballys are believed to have been involved in. Gardai now fear reprisals in the area, due to the Corballys’ alignment to a UK-based Ballyfermot criminal who had links to Jason Lee Martin (39), the British man stabbed to death in a 20-man brawl outside a pub in September last year which is believed to have triggered the feud.
This criminal is supplying drugs from the Birmingham area to his Ballyfermot associates.
The Corballys, from Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot, also had links to leading Dublin drug dealer Michael Byrne (36) who was jailed for 18 years in April for the possession of 32 kilos of heroin.
The large haul was found during a search of a van in Palmerston in 2008. The drugs had a street value of €6.2 million.
The Corbally-Birmingham faction fell out with the 36- year-old dealer sometime last year, leading to violence.
There was an incident where the brothers clashed with a member of the gangster's family outside a courthouse.
A brawl outside a pub in the Parkwest area erupted last September, resulting in the death of Jason Martin, an ally of the Corballys.
Garda sources have revealed to the Herald that up to a dozen warnings were issued to both sides in the feud that lives were in danger.
The Ballyfermot gangster believed to be responsible for Monday night's double murder was warned three times that his life was in danger by gardai prior to the attempt on his life in May.
The gang leader has been involved in money lending, extortion and money laundering and had strong links to John Gilligan's gang.
Gardai are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward with any information on Monday's incident.
They are particularly interested in establishing the movements of the silver Audi A6 car used in the murders.
The A6, which had stolen taxi plates on it, bashed into the Corballys' parked Lexus a number of times before the killers jumped out and riddled the two men with bullets.
The post-mortem examinations of the brothers yesterday revealed that they were both fatally wounded in the head and upper body.
The getaway car was found burnt out in the Foxborough estate a mile from the murder scene and was examined by forensic experts trying to ascertain the identity of the assassins.
Garda ballistic experts are still trying to establish whether machine guns or other automatic weapons were used by the killers.
The small size of the ammunition used suggests that the weapon may be a Czech-made hand-held machine gun that is rarely used in the Irish criminal underworld.
Assistant Commisioner Mick Feehan and Superntendent Pat Clavin, who is leading the double murder investigation team at Ronanstown Garda station, said the Gardai needed information from the community to help solve Monday night's killings.
Supt Clavin said the investigating team wanted to speak to anyone who saw the car in Clondalkin village or Neilstown Road from 5pm to the time of the murder at 8pm.
He said members of the public may also have seen the car on the Fonthill Road or in Foxborough.
Anyone with relevant information has been asked to contact Ronanstown garda station at (01) 6667700 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.