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Gangland thugs in Dublin can pay children as little as €50 to cycle up to a rival and shoot them

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 21/05/2020 Aengus O'Hanlon
a group of people at a bus stop: Man, aged 30s, injured in shooting in the Cromcastle area of Coolock © Aengus O'Hanlon Man, aged 30s, injured in shooting in the Cromcastle area of Coolock

Gangland criminals can pay children as little as €50 to shoot a rival drug dealer, a disgusted north Dublin resident revealed yesterday.

The shocking claim was made by a frustrated resident after criminal Michael Brennan was blasted in broad daylight in Coolock yesterday.

The shooting prompted local Labour TD Aodhan O Faolain to call for increased gardai in the area and a dedicated task force to tackle escalating criminality in north Dublin.

He said last night: "Children in pockets of my constituency are growing up thinking that this kind of criminality is normal when it is absolutely not."

Brennan, in his 30s, was blasted several times right outside the family home on Cromcastle Drive in the Kilmore area of the sprawling northside suburb around 2pm.

Scores of gardai swamped the area in the minutes after, with detectives combing the streets for clues the shooter may have left behind.

A local said that life had "become very cheap around here - you can pay a young kid as little as €50 to cycle up to someone and shoot them, no questions asked - and that's the truth".

The resident added that the "level of viciousness has reached new depths in recent years".

It also emerged that a silver saloon car unfamiliar to locals had been spotted driving up and down Cromcastle Drive in the nights leading up to yesterday's shooting - with another local saying the vehicle would go down as far as the Brennan home before speeding out of the street "on two wheels".

Deputy Ó Ríordáin, who said that gun crime was now "out of control” added: “Today there was a shooting in Coolock with the victim shot several times in the middle of the afternoon. Just five days ago there was another shooting in Darndale.

“At the end of January, in the middle of the General Election we also had a series of shootings, that culminated in commitments being made about setting up a Mulvey-style taskforce for the northside of the city.

"Where is the Northside Taskforce that the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice committed to over 100 days ago?"

“We need to see a real response now to this in the form of a Northside crime task force, similar to the Mulvey Commission for the North Inner City. We also now need additional Garda resources deployed urgently as a deterrent.

"Communities across our constituency are calling out for progress. Now in their caretaker capacity, this Government must start bringing community stakeholders together in Dublin Bay North with a view to setting up a Northside task force to tackle crime.

"What is happening is not normal, we need to see real action from Government immediately.”

Garda said no arrests had been made as yet and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information into the shooting to come forward.

They in a statement: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 2pm today Wednesday 20th May 2020 at Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore, Coolock.

"A man in his 30s was injured in the shooting and was removed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where his injuries are described as non-life threatening.

"The scene is currently preserved for technical examination. No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.

"Gardaí at Santry are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or anyone with information to contact Santry Garda Station at 01 6664000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

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