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Man killed in gun attack believed to have dissident republican connections

(Pic: Irish Independent)
(Pic: Irish Independent)

The man gunned down in tonight’s attack is believed to be part of the new group of dissident republicans who took over from Alan Ryan’s Real IRA group.

The man, who is aged in his mid 30s, was shot in the Sunset House bar in Summerhill, north inner city Dublin. 

He was recently acquitted of Real IRA membership at the Special Criminal Court

It is believed that the shooting came as a result of paranoia in the ranks of dissident republicans

These concerns are driven by the number of seizures and arrests made by the Special Detectives Unit over the past year.

This particular shooting follows a large seizure of explosives from the dissident group the victim was believed to have belonged to.

New IRA suspects behind explosives find, read the full story here

The Sunset House bar is in the heart of Hutch Gang territory and gardai have yet to rule out a gangland connection. 

The victim is suspected to have known the 'Flat Cap' assassin who was involved in the Regency Hotel attacks. 

A car was found burnt out on Walsh Road in Drumcondra. Gardai and the fire brigade are at the scene.