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Shot taxi man back at work after 2 months

A TAXI driver who was shot in both legs less than two months ago has returned to work.

Two passengers who hijacked James Boylan's car at gunpoint opened fire as he got out of the vehicle in Finglas.

Mr Boylan has now returned to work following the shooting on November 19, but a source said he was still shaken.

"He has looked a little bit pale and gaunt since getting back on his feet," they added.

On the night he was shot, the father of two from Cabra picked up a passenger in Mary Street in the city centre and was asked to go to west Dublin, where another man was waiting.

At some point, a gun was pulled on him and he was ordered to go to an industrial estate. The passengers also demanded to know how much money he had.

Mr Boylan pulled in to the Dunsoughly Drive estate, off the Ratoath Road, at around 8.30pm. He was getting out of the car when one of the passengers shot him at close range.

The meter was still running on the black Toyota Avensis as gardai began inquiries at the scene of the attack that same night.

Officers and an ambulance crew were quickly on the scene and the injured driver was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Neighbours described the chaos after the shooting and said they were shocked that such violence could happen in their quiet cul-de-sac.

"I just heard two bangs – they were more like loud cracks – in quick succession, but I thought it was kids with leftover bangers from Halloween," one Dunsoughly Drive resident said.

It is understood Mr Boylan had surgery to have bullets removed from both knees.

He has since recovered from his injuries and is back driving.

Gardai believe that a .22 calibre firearm was used in the attack. Their investigations are continuing.