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Local hoods open fire on pal of 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll

David Reilly
David Reilly

A close associate of ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll was lucky to escape with his life following a gun attack in Dublin in December.

David Reilly (33), from Croftwood Grove in Ballyfermot, was furious after a local criminal opened fire on him in Cherry Orchard on December 10.

When gardaí were called to the scene of the incident, Reilly was so enraged by the attempt on his life he was arrested for public order offences and taken to Ballyfermot Garda Station.

“He was raging after what happened,” said a source. “He doesn’t lose his composure too often, but he was furious.”

By the time gardaí arrived at the scene, the man who fired at Reilly had fled. However, Reilly was still there and was so angry by the attack he was arrested.  He was released without charge.

The man who shot at Reilly is a member of a notorious family from the area and innocent members of this family are now under threat. 

Reilly is well respected by criminals in the area. He was a close associate of gangster Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll and involved in a feud with associates of the now-deceased criminal brothers Paul and Kenneth Corbally in recent years.

Dee Dee Driscoll and David Reilly

The Corballys had links to U.K.-based heroin supplier Seanie Comerford and his Clondalkin associate Michael Byrne, who was jailed for drugs offences in 2009.

Reilly was lucky to escape with his life when he was stabbed multiple times by the Corbally brothers on May 1, 2010.

The Coraballys died in a hail of bullets in a car on Neilstown Road in Clondalkin two months later.

The feud claimed its first victim the previous year when English criminal Jason Martin was stabbed to death following a mass brawl outside Hannigen’s bar on Park West Road.

The feud claimed its fourth victim when Robert Ryle (30), was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity in late October, 2010. The intended target of the attack was an associate who had links to the Corbally brothers.

All four victims were on the Corbally side of the feud. O’Driscoll had been directly involved in the feud and received a conviction for production of an article which could cause serious injury and committing affray, with another man Michael Byrne, on the night of Martin’s murder.

Sources say O’Driscoll has taken a step back in recent times and has been keeping his head down. But Gardaí are now fearful associates of Reilly are planning a revenge attack. 

Reilly is looked up to by younger criminals in the area. He has even come out to keep the peace when teenagers have been involved in public order incidents and attacks on gardaí.

“He doesn’t like trouble in his area as it brings too much attention and would regularly tell the younger lads to stop acting the maggot,” a source said.