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Gangland shooting victim 'stalked on Facebook by killers'

Michael Keogh
Michael Keogh

The killers of the country's latest gangland feud victim were monitoring his social media activity to discover his movements in the days before the killing.

Michael Keogh (37) was gunned down in the early hours of yesterday in the underground car park of the Sheridan Court flat complex on Dublin's Dorset Street where he lived.

The shooting is the latest killing linked to the deadly Kinahan/Hutch feud which has now claimed 12 lives.

It is believed his killers targeted Keogh as he was on his way to work.

The victim had posted on Facebook early on Tuesday morning about starting a new job.

"New job new start hopefully all goes well," Keogh wrote.

Gardaí confirmed last night they are investigating if his Facebook post alerted his killers to the fact he was going to work at around 6am yesterday, when he was ambushed in the underground car park.

The chief suspects for the murder of Keogh are the Hutch gang but the involvement of dissident Republicans intent on avenging the murder of Michael Barr in April 2016 has not been ruled out.

Father-of-two Keogh had just started a new job in construction. While not considered a major criminal, he was linked to the so-called New INLA faction which has aligned itself with the Kinahan cartel.

Keogh was found in his car in the car park by a council worker shortly before 10am.

A car was found burnt-out on Clonliffe Avenue at 7.30am and a handgun with an attached silencer was found in this vehicle, which gardaí believe was used as the getaway car. It is believed he was shot shortly before this but an exact time is not known.

The car, a grey Opel Astra, registration number 12D 16387, was stolen in the Dublin area in April. Its number plates had been replaced and were fake.

Keogh was the brother of notorious INLA bomb-maker Jonathan Keogh (32), who has been on the run for over a year.

Gardai want to speak to Johnny Keogh, who is hiding out in the UK, in relation to information he may have on murders believed to be carried out by the Kinahan cartel.