Friends of innocent gangland victim start fundraiser to help family

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Trevor O'Neill
Trevor O'Neill

Colleagues of innocent dad Trevor O’Neill, who was shot in case of mistaken identity in Spain, have begun a fundraising drive to help his young family.

Mr O’Neill worked in the drainage division of Dublin City Council (DCC) and staff in the council have now set up the Trevor O’Neill Memorial Fund.

The 41-year-old is survived by his wife Suzanne and three young children, who will benefit from any money raised.

Mr O’Neill was killed in a botched hit believed to be linked to the ongoing Kinahan Hutch feud.

It is understood that Jonathan Hutch (37), whose brother Gareth was killed earlier this year in Dublin, told police in Spain that he was the intended target.

Jonathan Hutch had only met Mr O’Neill on holidays as they were staying in the same complex in Costa de la Calma, close to Santa Ponsa.

Jonathan Hutch is not a criminal, and gardai believe he was targeted solely because of his family connections.

Mr O’Neill was laid to rest earlier this week following a funeral mass in Crumlin.

Dozens of his DCC colleagues were among mourners who turned out to say a final farewell to the proud Dublin GAA supporter.

The fund has been set up with the council’s credit union and trustees include the Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, along with some of Mr O’Neill’s colleagues from the drainage division.

All staff and councillors have been asked to consider donating to the fund and they have also been asked to share the information with anyone who may be interested in providing assistance.