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Victim's family in appeal to put end to shootings

THE family of a victim of Dublin's gun crime have called for a clampdown on criminal gangs before more innocent people get caught in the crossfire.

Postman Robert Delany remains in a vegetative state in Tallaght hospital after he was shot in the face by a lone gunman at his home in October 2008.

The Dublin dad-of-two needs round-the-clock care in hospital after being blasted in the head with a shotgun in the early hours of October 22, 2008.

His heartbroken family have spoken out about the latest shooting, which has left two men fighting for their lives and one other scarred for life.

Robert's father Terry said the shooting of three innocent men in Fairview on Sunday is another example of how the city's gun culture is wrecking innocent lives.

"When I heard about innocent people being hit in the shooting outside the Fairview pub it just brought it all back to us how the news shocked us when Robert was shot," Terry told the Herald.

"Our hearts go out to those lads' families because we know what they are going through. Some of those families will still be sick with worry wondering if their sons and brothers will survive, and then they will have to deal with whatever injuries they are left with if they do."

Recently the Delanys launched the website www.innocentvictimsofviolence.ie - to encourage people to come forward with information.

There is a €20,000 reward being offered for information that will lead to the conviction of Robert's assailants.

If you have any information that could help bring Robert's attackers to justice you can visit the website or call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.