A man, understood to be originally from Co Tyrone, has been shot dead in a Dublin pub in a gangland style murder that was immediately linked to a devastating underworld feud.
The victim was gunned down in the Sunset House bar in the Summerhill area of Dublin’s north inner city. He was aged in his mid 30s and lived nearby in Ballybough.
Gardai said the murder was carried out shortly before 9.30pm.
There was immediate speculation that the shooting was the latest in a bloody feud involving associates of the Kinahan and Hutch families and their associates.
The dead man had connections in the Hutch outfit and was also believed to have had links to dissident republicans. He died at the scene.
Gardai were investigating if a car found burnt out in Drumcondra was used in the attack.
The two sides in the murderous underworld feud have carried out a series of attacks in Spain and Dublin which claimed the lives of at least five people since late last year.
Local Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain appealed for calm.
“Seriously concerned at reports of another shooting. Calm needed now at all costs,” he said.
The latest shooting 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 on 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 Hutch-Kinahan feud spiralled into a killing spree when Gary Hutch was shot dead in an apartment complex near Marbella on the 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.