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SHOT DEAD: Alan McNally, pictured, and his older brother Graham were gunned down only three years apart, allegedly by the same killer

SHOT DEAD: Alan McNally, pictured, and his older brother Graham were gunned down only three years apart, allegedly by the same killer

SHOT DEAD: Alan McNally, pictured, and his older brother Graham were gunned down only three years apart, allegedly by the same killer

GARDAI investigating the theft of almost €70,000 from a mother who lost two sons in gangland murders have arrested their prime suspect.

The woman was detained for more than 12 hours at Finglas garda station, where she was questioned about a "huge amount" of transactions made from the bank account of Marie McNally (65) during a period of more than 18 months.

Ms McNally, from Finglas, was left penniless after her account was "cleaned out" by someone alleged to be well-known to her.

CHEQUEBOOK

It is understood that the thefts, noticed last October, had been going on since her son Alan (36) was shot dead in a pub in February 2012.

The theft suspect was arrested on January 31 and questioned throughout the day before being released without charge. A file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP.

A source claimed gardai were confident of securing a conviction. They also said it had been alleged that the suspect gained access to the victim's bank card and her chequebook before carrying out the thefts.

"To describe this case as a massive breach of trust would be an understatement," the source told the Herald. "That poor woman has been through so much and, of course, this only increases the pain and suffering she is going through."

Ms McNally's son Alan was shot dead in the Cappagh Nua pub in Finglas on February 2, 2012, three years after his older brother Graham was gunned down. There have been no charges in either of the killings, but gardai are said to believe that both men were murdered by the same person.

Sources have also said that despite that person's arrest and a number of other arrests, charges are "very unlikely".

It has been alleged that drug-dealer Alan McNally was murdered because gangsters were worried he would attack them in revenge for Graham's death.

It has also been claimed that Alan became "a sitting duck" after spending 12 hours drinking in the same Finglas pub.

HORROR

He was eventually shot dead while a gangster disguised in a mask from the horror film Scream kept watch outside.

Graham McNally, another alleged gangland figure, was 34 when he was shot dead in January, 2009, by the same gangsters suspected of killing Alan.

The criminals are said to be linked to murdered gangster Eamon 'The Don' Dunne's crew.

Alan was in prison when his older brother had a major falling out with former associate Dunne, who had suspected that Graham was trying to murder him.

The assassination team involved in both killings are also the chief suspects for masterminding the execution of gangster Paul 'Farmer' Martin in the Jolly Toper pub in Finglas in the summer of 2008.

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