Latest: Gardaí will face down threat of gangland crime, says Justice Minister

Latest: Gardaí will face down threat of gangland crime, says Justice Minister

Update 4.10pm: Gardaí will face down the gangland threat in the wake of the latest gun murder in Dublin, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said.

Jason Molyneaux, 27, was shot several times in the body in an attack in the James Larkin House flat complex off North Strand at about 9.45pm last night.

"There is no place for such activity in a civilised country," said Minister Flanagan.

"The Gardaí have faced down such criminal threats in the past and will do so now and well into the future."

Fianna Fail justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan said 15 gangland killings in 27 months showed the Government was losing the fight against gun crime.

"It is apparent that gun violence has become all too prevalent among the brazen gangs who place little or no value on human life," Mr O'Callaghan said.

Molyneaux, who had scores of convictions and is understood to have been told his life was under threat, was taken to the Mater Hospital after being shot, but was pronounced dead.

It is understood Molyneaux had one son and lived across the road from where he was shot.

Councillor Nial Ring, who works in the area, raised concerns about the impact gangland murders were having on young children.

"It has added to the tensions. Within 100 yards of where that man was shot kids are going to schools, passing a crime scene of where another man was shot in the north inner city," he said.

Superintendent Gerard Murphy said: "We need the help of the community to assist us."

Update 2.45pm: Gardaí hunt for man 'in dark clothing' following gangland shooting

Investigating Gardaí are appealing to members of the public who may have any information in relation to this incident or who may have been in the area of James Larkin House between 8pm and 10pm last night.

"Following the shooting witnesses are indicating to us that a male left the scene no better described than in dark clothing," said Superintendent Gerard Murphy.

"We don't know the direction of travel at this stage and that is why we're appealing to witnesses out there to inform us as to where this person could likely have gone."

Gardaí are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen a white Renault Kangoo van registration No: 10 D 126064 in the last few days or in particular any sightings of this van between 9.45pm last night and 12.15am this morning.

This van was located by Gardaí on the road leading to the East Link Toll Booth at approximately 12.15am this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Store St on 01- 666 8000, The Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says the acting Garda Commissioner has assured him that resources are not an issue when it comes to tackling gangland crime.

"While the matter of resources is kept under review that as far as gangland activity - particularly in the inner city area is concerned - is not an issue," Mr Flanagan said.

"We will continue to keep the matter under review and as regards last night's killing let me assure the House that this is a very active criminal investigation and that no stone will be left unturned by An Garda Síochána to bring those responsible to justice."

Jason Molyneaux
Jason Molyneaux

Earlier: Latest gangland victim shot dead after attending Derek Hutch wake

The latest gangland murder victim in Dublin was shot dead while a family held a wake for another.

Jason Molyneaux, 27, was shot several times in the body in a gun attack in the James Larkin House flat complex off North Strand at about 9.45pm last night.

His murder took place 10 days after Derek Coakley Hutch, also 27, was shot dead outside Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin in a killing linked to the bloody Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Locals reported how "Buda" Molyneaux had been at the removal service for Hutch in the north inner city in the hours before he was shot.

A number also suggested he would have been carrying the coffin at the funeral at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean MacDermott Street.

Councillor Nial Ring, who works in the area, raised concerns about the impact gangland murders were having on young children.

"It has added to the tensions. Within 100 yards of where that man was shot kids are going to schools, passing a crime scene of where another man was shot in the north inner city," he said.

Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin
Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

"As well as the tensions, people are actually becoming immune. But it's the trauma over the long term for children that's an effect we're concerned about."

Gardai said Molyneaux, who had scores of convictions and is understood to have been told his life was under threat, was rushed to the Mater Hospital after being shot but was pronounced dead.

The area of the flat complex where the gun attack occurred remained sealed off for a technical examination.

Gardai appealing for witnesses to contact officers in Store Street or use the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or contact any Garda station.

It is understood Molyneaux had one son and lived across the road from where he was shot.

Hutch's murder was linked to the family's feud with the Kinahan gang in which 14 people have died.

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting tonight at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Gardaí at the scene of a shooting tonight at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Earlier: Man, 27, dies following shooting in Dublin

Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneaux, 27, was shot a number of times at a flat complex in North Strand last night.

The father-of-one was shot a number of times in the upper body at around 9.45pm.

A large section of the James Larkin house flat complex remains sealed off this morning following last night’s shooting.

He was rushed to the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mr Molyneaux was an associate of the Hutches and he was known to gardaí.

The shooting came just hours after the wake of Derek Hutch took place.

The dad of two’s funeral is due to take place this morning amid tight security on Sean McDermott Street.

Anyone with information on this latest shooting is being asked to contact Store Street Garda Station on 01 666 800.

- Digital desk


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