Gangland victim was suspected gunman in earlier murder

A gangland criminal shot dead in a suspected tit-for-tat shooting was recently named as an alleged gunman in another murder, it emerged tonight.

A gangland criminal shot dead in a suspected tit-for-tat shooting was recently named as an alleged gunman in another murder, it emerged tonight.

Michael Murray, who was gunned down outside his daughter’s house in Finglas, north Dublin last night, had also survived two attempts on his life in recent months,

The 41-year-old was seriously injured in a similar attack in November as part of a ongoing feud between rival gangs in the area.

He was shot at on Sunday.

As forensic officers combed his murder scene for clues, detectives swooped in and arrested six people in connection with two other gangland killings in Finglas.

Five men and one woman are being quizzed over the brutal deaths of convicted armed robber Paul ’Farmer’ Martin, shot dead in the Jolly Toper pub last August, and Graham McNally, who was gunned down in January.

But gardai said the six arrests were planned before last night’s fatal shooting and not directly linked to the attack.

Tit-for-tat killings have escalated in the north Dublin suburb since the murder of crime boss Martin ’Marlo’ Hyland in December 2006.

The gang’s new henchman is suspected of also ordering the shooting of Michael ’Roly’ Cronin and his driver James Maloney in a car in Sumerhill in January.

The latest hit on Murray, in Kippure Park at 11.20pm, is the second in the area this week and the seventh gangland killing this year.

A man in his 20s remains in hospital after he was shot in the arm in nearby Berryfield Drive on Monday night.

Labour TD for the area Roisin Shortall said more gardaí are needed to target gangs in the area.

“The law-abiding people in the area are shocked and appalled by these attacks, and could be forgiven for feeling that their policing needs are not being met,” said Ms Shortall.

In December Murray was named in court as the man suspected of gunning down father-of-two Ian Tobin in a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Tobin, a 25-year-old father of two, died in May 2007 after he was shot through a door in an attack believed to be intended for his brother, Blake.

Although his daughter’s partner Bryan Ryan, 24, of Sheepmore Crescent, Blanchardstown, was later jailed for life for murdering Mr Tobin, it was claimed Murray was a pillion passenger on Ryan’s motorbike.

Detectives are now probing whether Murray’s death may be revenge for the murder a 35-year-old gangland figure McNally whose body was dumped at the side of the road in Ashbourne.

The Finglas feud also claimed the life of 33-year-old Trevor Walsh, who was murdered in the garden of a house in in Kippure Avenue, Finglas, while on temporary release from prison.

It has also emerged Murray – who was facing weapons charges after a gun was found in his house – was the target of a gun attack last November when he was hit in the shoulder and the stomach as he sat in a car with his partner Rose near his home in Cardiff Bridge Road, Finglas.

He fled and escaped through the rear of a nearby house.

As Kippure Park in Finglas remains cordoned off as gardai forensically examine the scene, investigating officers appealed for anyone in the area who noticed anything suspicious, including the movements of a black Fiat Punto, to come forward.

Meanwhile the five men and one woman held in connection with the two other murders are being detained at Ballymun, Finglas, Blanchardstown and Cabra stations.

Elsewhere, gardai investigating the fatal shooting of Stephen O'Halloran at Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24, on January 19 have arrested a man.

The 20-year-old was detained by local officers and members from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation during planned raids on three houses in the area.

He is being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Tallaght Garda Station.

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