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Gang murder could spark tit-for-tat feud

GARDAI fear further bloodshed will be spilt in a tit for tat feud following the murder of criminal Michael Devoy (inset).

Officers are on red alert as they suspect dangerous criminal associates of Devoy will take revenge for his murder and target the Dundalk hitman.

The chief suspect for murdering Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy is a 40-year-old former IRA man from Dundalk, who officers believe was paid €20,000 for the cold blooded hit.

The killer is also suspected of placing a pipe bomb under Devoy's car at the victim's Ballymun home less than a fortnight ago.

The suspected assassin is well known to gardai and is known as an extremely violent criminal who recently was before the courts for a serious assault.

He has a number of previous convictions, including public order, traffic and drink driving and is said to be "extremely violent with drink on him."

No arrests have yet been made in the murder probe.

AWARE

Devoy was aware that his life was at risk and wore a bullet-proof vest.

He had been arrested by gardai last Tuesday with another man as a result of the execution of outstanding warrants against them. Devoy (41), from Balbutcher Drive, Poppintree, Ballymun, north Dublin, was taken to Portlaoise jail.

But his lawyers took an action against the State for alleged delays in serving the warrants and a court ordered his release from jail on Friday.

He was shot in the head with a handgun on Saturday night and his body was about to be dumped over a wall, leading to a 30ft drop, at Foxhill Road, Bohernabreena, Tallaght, in South County Dublin.

But local detectives, on a routine patrol, disturbed the killers who jumped into a car and fled.

Garda gave pursuit but failed to locate the car, described as a silver-coloured hatchback.

When the officers returned to the scene they found Devoy's body.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that he died from gunshot wounds to the head.

Detailed searches continued yesterday.

hnews@herald.ie


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