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O'Reilly's relative 'Poncho' in lucky escape from attack

A WELL-known Dublin criminal escaped a vicious attack after rival thugs targeted the wrong house..

Two men went to kick in the door of the Crumlin house where Paul 'Poncho' McCarthy was staying but mistakenly targeted the wrong house at Rutland Avenue.

McCarthy is a relative of murdered south Dublin criminal Declan O’Reilly (pictured right) who was gunned down in front of his son last month.

The Herald previously revealed that ‘Poncho' McCarthy has been issuing threats in an attempt to find out who carried out the murder of O'Reilly on September 24.

"The fall-out from the O'Reilly murder is continuing. Death threats and counter threats are being issued. A number of people have fled their homes after being warned their lives are in danger," a source said.

One of the thugs who targeted the Crumlin house around 10am on Saturday was later arrested by gardai

Declan O'Reilly (32) was savagely gunned in front of his 11-year-old son as they walked on the capital's South Circular Road.<

The assassin shot O'Reilly in the chest and neck before jumping into a car which fled eastwards. The car was found burnt out 1.5km away at O'Curry Avenue.

The Herald previously revealed that Paul 'Poncho' McCarthy (27) has been hanging around a south inner city complex, demanding to know who murdered O'Reilly.

It is understood that Saturday's bizarre incident is linked to this.

'Poncho' is a well known criminal who is originally from Inchicore.

In 2009, he was given a lengthy jail sentence after admitting a spate of crimes including imprisoning and robbing a man, and stealing a family dog.

McCarthy was on bail for other crimes when he met his victim in a pub and invited to drive him, in his own car, to another pub.

The two drove together, but minutes later McCarthy pulled into a laneway, took a screwdriver from the boot and threatened to stab the man unless he handed over his wallet.

Dublin Circuit Court also heard that McCarthy robbed a man at knifepoint of his mobile phone, wallet and keys, and that he robbed more than €2,600 from an amusement arcade in Dublin after threatening staff with an antique replica gun.