Suspected dissident republican from Tyrone shot dead in Dublin

Garda officers attend the murder scene
Garda officers attend the murder scene

Gardai are investigating two murders in Dublin in the latest spate of gangland violence in the city.

The first victim, believed to have been originally from Co Tyrone, was gunned down in the Sunset House bar in the Summerhill area of Dublin’s north inner city at around 9.30pm on Monday night. He was in his mid-30s and lived nearby in Ballybough.

Little over two hours later, another man in his 30s was shot dead in the Kilcronan area of Clondalkin in the west of Dublin.

It is feared the first shooting was part of a bloody feud involving associates of the Kinahan and Hutch families and their allies.

The victim had connections with the Hutch outfit and was also believed to have had links to dissident republicans. He died at the scene.

It is yet unclear whether the second gangland murder had a direct link to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Gardai investigating the first shooting said two men entered the Sunset House, with one firing a gun.

Detectives said a silver-coloured Audi A6 car, partial registration 04C, was later recovered in Walsh Road, Drumcondra, and has been seized for technical examination.

Prior to the car being recovered, it is believed three men left Walsh Road in the direction of Home Farm Road in another silver-coloured saloon car.

The two sides in the murderous Kinahan-Hutch feud have carried out a series of attacks in Spain and Dublin which have claimed the lives of at least five people since late last year.

The Sunset Bar is about a mile from where Martin O’Rourke, an innocent father and former drug user, was shot dead just over a week ago.

He was caught in the crossfire in Sheriff Street as another murder bid linked to the feud was launched.

That in turn was a mile or so from where taxi driver Eddie Hutch, brother of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch, was shot dead at his home off North Strand in February.

The Kinahan-Hutch feud spiralled into a killing spree when Gary Hutch was shot dead in an apartment complex near Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol last September.

His killing is believed to have been avenged in the Regency Hotel attack, an audacious shooting spree with assault rifles in early February which claimed the life of David Byrne, an associate of the Kinahan family.

Within days, Eddie Hutch was dead, and, at the end of last month, Noel Duggan, an old friend of suspected armed robber Gerry “The Monk” Hutch, was shot dead at his home in Ratoath.