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Man shot dead in business park attack

A MAN was shot dead in a cold-blooded attack at a Dublin business park today.

Gardai are set to launch a murder investigation after the early morning attack which may be linked to the lucrative clothes recycling business.

The victim - who is understood to be a Lithuanian man in his 40s - was shot a number of times in Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole.

Sources told the Herald that gardai are working on the theory that the shooting may be linked to the clothes recycling trade which is controlled by a number of Eastern European groups.

"It is at a very early stage but we think that the victim was involved in that business," said a senior source.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald condemned the attack.

"The fatal shooting this morning happened in broad daylight as people were arriving for work in a busy industrial estate. It put members of the local business community at risk and has shocked local residents," she told the Herald.

"Gun crime is a very serious issue that can have disastrous effects on innocent by-standers."

Local TD Derek Keating said that he was "absolutely shocked" by the callous attack.

He called on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to consider putting armed gardai on the streets in certain parts of the capital.

"There has been an upsurge in crime including murders and attempted murders.

"I have suggested to the minister that he take an appropriate response and I think the armed response unit is needed," he said.



Emergency services were called to the business park at around 9.30am as scores of workers arrived to work.

Gardai say the man received gun shot wounds to his body and died shortly after being rushed to Tallaght Hospital.

Investigating officers were this afternoon due to launch a murder probe. The business park was sealed off for a period as a technical and forensic examination took place.

A pathologist attended the scene which is 8km from the M50 on a road that links Newcastle and Rathcoole.

The dead man had been renting a shop premises in the industrial estate for the past 12 months and was running a second hand clothes business from the premises.

"We knew him to see, but he kept a fairly low profile and wasn't that well known," a source said.

A representative from the Park said nobody was unavailable for comment. Clondalkin gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them in Clondalkin on 01 6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.