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Stolen motorbike row may have led to brutal west Dublin shooting

Tom Farnan (Image courtesy of the family)
Tom Farnan (Image courtesy of the family)

GARDAI are investigating if the savage murder of a 37-year-old man in west Dublin is linked to a local row that he was involved in over a stolen motorbike.

Petty criminal Tom Farnan (37) was shot dead in the hallway of his home Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, at about 11.45pm on Monday.

Sources have revealed that Farnan had been involved in a row with a number of men in the Clondalkin area earlier on Monday over a motorbike.

It is not believed that dad-of-one Farnan had stolen the motorbike but it is believed that the row involved a "scuffle" between him and a number of other men.

While the murder victim was friends with members of a dangerous Clondalkin-based gang, sources said that he was not an active member of this mob and was not involved in organised crime.

Instead he was known to gardai for crimes including drug possession, burglary, theft, larceny, drink-driving and possession of a knife.

His most serious conviction was a four-month jail sentence imposed in June 2002, which was for fracturing a garda sergeant's leg while trying to evade arrest during an incident in Tallaght.

Gardai said the gunman was described as being short, wore runners and a tracksuit and may have had a balaclava on as he carried out the shooting.

Officers believe the lone gunman knocked on Farnan's door on Kilcronan Close before shooting him up to four times in the torso with a handgun.

The suspect ran from the house along Kilcronan Close on to the Grand Canal and then onto a green area towards Lock View Road.

Superintendent Brendan Connolly said detectives were keeping an open mind over why Farnan was targeted and they were exploring "quite a number of possibilities".

"We are appealing for witnesses, particularly those who were in the Kilcronan Close area prior to or following on from this incident," he added.

Yesterday the victim’s younger sister Jenny Farnan said she was "living the nightmare".

"Words can't describe how much I'm going to miss him. My heart is broken," she said.

She said the family could not understand why he was killed and insisted that she didn't want to speculate.

"I just want it put out there that he was not involved in any of the gangland or criminal activities," she said.

"He was just a normal decent man, a big brother, a loving son and a brilliant father.

"He was the best brother I could have ever asked for. If anybody asked for anything then he would do it for them."

Detectives are satisfied that the murder of Farnan is not linked to the deadly feud that has claimed six lives so far. 

Ken Foy

Via Herald