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Sean Enright  during the Mr Ireland Competition in The Olympia Theatre last night...KOB....2/10/11

Sean Enright during the Mr Ireland Competition in The Olympia Theatre last night...KOB....2/10/11

Sean Enright during the Mr Ireland Competition in The Olympia Theatre last night...KOB....2/10/11

A jeep owned by Sean Enright's bitter love rival was observed close to the scene where the bodybuilder was shot multiple times in the back.

Gardai are now investigating if the jeep – which is registered to a 35-year-old Cabra man with dissident republican connections – was being used as part of the reckless attempted murder attempt.

"This man may have been parked up near there – acting as a spotter.

"It is being seriously looked at. The distinctive jeep was noticed by a number of people," said a senior source.

The Herald previously revealed that a main line of enquiry in the detailed investigation was a bizarre love triangle that fitness fanatic Enright was allegedly involved in.

The love triangle motive centres around an alleged relationship that 'ladies' man' Enright was having with a Dublin woman, who is also in a relationship with a Cabra man who has connections to dissident Republicanism but barely any criminal convictions.

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The development comes as the suspected gunman in the case was released from Finglas Garda Station without charge yesterday after being questioned there since Saturday.

The Herald has learned that there is a serious threat against this man's life and he is also the subject of a number of major citywide garda investigations into armed robberies.

A file on the chief suspect – who sources believe was hired to shoot Enright – will now be prepared for the DPP.

Nicknamed the 'Lone Ranger' he lives in the Tallaght area but is originally from Finglas and previously served a lengthy sentence for armed robbery. He is also battling a heroin addiction and is said to be "crazy for cash".

It is understood that the mob who allegedly paid him to whack Enright have not paid up.

Gun victim Enright – who was very friendly with jailed Finglas gangland brothers Alan 'Fatpuss' and Wayne Bradley – is expected to leave hospital by the weekend after making a good recovery from his injuries.

Sources say that he is "extremely lucky to be alive" as one bullet just missed his spine, another was lodged just underneath his spine while another missed his liver by just "a couple of inches."

Enright has received multiple formal notifications from gardai over the past year of an active threat against his life from a variety of criminal enemies, including the Real IRA.

However, last week's botched assassination attempt was ver a "much more personal issue".

Another line in the investigation is the fact that Enright had a bitter row with a notorious criminal from Finglas on the afternoon of Saturday, May 11 – five days before the shooting.

However, sources say that the Finglas criminal has been regularly visiting Enright in hospital and neither man say that they have a gripe with each other.

kfoy@herald.ie


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