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Shot dad took on thugs

MURDERED father David D'Arcy confronted car thieves a short time before he was shot, gardai have learned.

As detectives searched for a motive for the senseless killing, they're also checking if Mr D'Arcy was friendly with local dissident Republican Frank Nolan, who was shot recently.

Mr D'Arcy (39) was blasted three times as he sat in a van in his driveway in Cherry Orchard at 7am yesterday.

Gardai have ruled out any link between his murder and an investigation dating from 2000 into an alleged assault on a woman in which he had been cleared of wrongdoing.

Now detectives are examining if the dad of two's murder is linked to a row he had with young car thugs.

"This crew have been involved in some very serious incidents - they have strong connections to a major heroin trafficking gang and would definitely have the firepower to carry out a murder like this," explained a source.

The clinical nature of yesterday's cold-blooded execution has left detectives in no doubt that dad-of-two Mr D'Arcy was the intended target of the gunman.

A man, carrying a handgun, walked up to the window of Mr D'Arcy's van and blasted him three times in the upper body and head from close range as the victim left to go to work shortly before 7am.


Another line of the investigation is whether innocent Mr D'Arcy could have been caught up in a Republican feud which led to convicted gunman Frank Nolan (48) being shot three times in a botched assassination attempt on Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot in September.

"In the aftermath of the murder, gardai have received certain information that Mr D'Arcy may have been friends with Mr Nolan and this is being looked into.

"But officers never had any information before yesterday's murder that these two men were friends despite the fact that they are both originally from Claddagh Raod, Ballyfermot," explained a source.

The getaway car, registration 99 CE 3047, was stolen on November 23 in Limerick. This vehicle was found burned-out on nearby Inagh Road.

"It is considered highly unusual that a car stolen in Limerick would be used in a murder in Dublin.

"This opens up other aspects to the investigation involving gangs there," said a source.

Gardai say that Mr D'Arcy was a hardworking family man who was not involved in criminality. Mr D'Arcy was a keen gardener and had an allotment at the end of Cherry Orchard Road. The delivery man was also a dog enthusiast and kept several breeds at his home.

In a moving Facebook tribute posted last night, Mr D'Arcy's heartbroken son David Jnr said: "loss my best mate today ..still cnt believe it ;(ill never forget u ..ur always an angel on my shoulder ..love you sooo much ..see you soon pal ...mizz you already." (sic)