Dublin’s gangland feud claimed an innocent bystander this week when a young man in his twenties was shot dead near a crèche by a cyclist on Lower Sheriff Street in broad daylight on Thursday.
The young man was shot in the head and body up to ten times moments before children were due to leave the North Wall Community Development Project crèche and taken to hospital where he died a short time later.
Eyewitnesses said several shots were fired indiscriminately by the cyclist, minutes before other children were due to be dropped off and students were due to leave a Fas training centre.
Since last September a feud between two Dublin gangs – the Hutch and the Kinahan gangs – has led to several gun murders – one in Spain, two in Dublin and one in Ratoath, Co Meath.
Last September Gary Hutch was shot dead at an apartment complex in September.
In February at the Regency hotel in Drumcondra, during a boxing weigh-in, David Byrne, an associate of the Spain-based Kinahan family which controls a lot of Irish boxing, was shot dead.
Three days later taxi driver Eddie Hutch, brother of suspected armed robber Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch was shot dead.
Last month Noel Duggan, an old friend of Gerry Hutch was shot dead at his home in Ratoath, Co. Meath.
Local Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Fein) called on people with information to go to gardaí.
“This ruthless murder is another shocking incident which has taken place in broad daylight in the heart of our capital city.
“The person responsible for this shooting must be brought to justice and I would appeal to anyone with any information whatsoever to bring it to the gardaí.
“We cannot stand idly by while these gangsters walk our streets with impunity, while they take life without any fear of being caught and while they have our families and communities living in fear.”