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Man shot dead in South Dublin

A man in his 30s was shot and killed on South Circular Road last night.

The victim, named Declan O’Reilly, from Parnell Road, Crumlin, was walking with his 10 year old son near Griffith College at the time of the attack.

A “dark car” was seen fleeing the scene and later found burnt out on the nearby O’Curry Avenue.

Gardaí believe the attacker exited a car, fired several shots from a handgun, and then escaped in the dark car.

Mr O’Reilly was taken to St. James’ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mr O’Reilly’s murder occurred on the same day as the fatal shooting of Gerard Eglington (27) in Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Gardaí do not consider the murder to be related to the Crumlin and Drimnagh faction rivalry, despite Mr O’Reilly’s association with gang members from the two towns.

The authorities believe that the attack may have been in retaliation to Mr O’Reilly stabbing Derek Glennon (24) to death in Mountjoy Prison five years ago.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter responded to the separate killings this morning by calling the culprits “barbaric”.

He stated that the gardaí will “continue to target and bear down heavily” on those who commit gang related crimes.

A Garda spokesperson said the scene was cordoned off for forensic examination, and the State Pathologist was informed.

The area has since resumed normal service to traffic after the investigations concluded.

by Eoin Harmon

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