Gardaí investigating the shooting dead of Stephen O’Halloran in Tallaght, west Dublin, last January are following a “definite line of inquiry” and have arrested three men.
In north Dublin, detectives in Finglas are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the linked murders of Paul “Farmer” Martin and Graham McNally. Six people arrested in connection with the Finglas murders have been released.
Gardaí suspect two of them were involved in both murders.
Gardaí in Finglas are also investigating the murder last Tuesday of gunman Michael Murray, but say progress will be slow.
Detectives in Tallaght arrested three youths — aged 18, 19 and 20 — since Wednesday in relation to the murder of Mr O’Halloran on January 19. They were held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
The 20-year-old was released yesterday morning. The 18-year-old was due to be released last night and the 19-year-old later today, unless charges are brought.
Gardaí said they were following a “definite line of inquiry”. Mr O’Halloran, aged 20, was shot four times in the chest and once in the head as he sat in his car with two friends in the driveway of his house on Kilmartin Drive. He was known as a hardman, but was not considered a major criminal. He was thought to have built up a lot of enemies.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Finglas have released without charge six people held in connection with the murder of Martin last August and McNally last January. Gardaí described the arrests as “very significant”.
Senior officers suspect two of the six were involved in both murders while the other four are suspected of withholding information.
Martin, 39, from Cardiffsbrige Road in Finglas, was an armed robber and local drug dealer. McNally, 34, from Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, was the right-hand man of Finglas’s top crime boss. Gardaí are investigating several theories, including whether both men were killed on the orders of McNally’s boss.
Gardaí said the murders were not connected with the killing of Michael Murray, 41, who was fatally shot in Kippure Park.
Gardaí are confident he was killed on the orders of the local crime boss.