Description of Clondalkin assassin released by gardai

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

Gardai have today released more information about the man they believe was responsible for the brutal murder of Tom Farnan last night.

From initial investigations detectives now believe that a lone man entered the hallway of the house at Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 at approximately 11.43pm last night.

The man then fired a number of shots, fatally injuring Farnan (37).

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the lone gunman left the scene he is believed to have ran along Kilcronan Close onto Grand Canal and then exited onto the green area towards Lock View Road.

He is described as wearing all black clothing, black runners, black tracksuit and may have been wearing a balaclava; he is also described as being short in height.

A full investigation has commenced and an incident room has been established at Clondalkin Garda Station.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly those people who were in the area prior to the incident and immediately after the shooting and who may have information or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious to contact them at Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 666 7600 The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Earlier, Gardai also released more information about the brutal slaying of Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub in Dublin just hours before the fatal shooting in Clondalkin.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said the murders of Michael Barr (35) and Tom Farnan "have no place in a normal society".

Speaking at a joint press conference today Dep Comm Twomey said: "An Garda Siochana leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of these acts to Justice.

"The presence of highly armed patrols will continue our investigations will continue our intelligence gathering will continue these incidents only serve to strengthen the resolve of AGS."

He also issued an appeal to all communities to work with gardaí to "rid society of these acts".