Miracle as Dublin shooting victim regains consciousness

Gardai at the scene after the shooting
Gardai at the scene after the shooting

A NEW INLA linked father-of-two who was shot five times in an attempted murder in Dublin last month has regained consciousness, despite initial fears he would not survive the attack.

Christopher Maguire (38), was clinging to his life after being targeted by a gunman at Dun Emer Place in Lusk at 9.50am on July 5. 

He was hit in the head and the chest during the attack and it was feared he would not survive the incident. 

However, sources say he regained consciousness just over a week ago. 

“He woke up and knew who he was and that he was from Dublin,” said a source. 

Despite the progress, he still remains in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital under armed guard. 

Maguire has links to New INLA leader Declan Duffy and the pair, along with Daniel Kane from Ballybrack, are facing charges of falsely imprisoning a family in Saggart in June last year. 

The New INLA has been heavily involved in gang activity and some members have been working with the Kinahan faction in the feud with the Hutch gang. 

While Maguire was not directly involved, other associates have become embroiled, including an inner city criminal who went on the run following the murder of Gareth Hutch.

Another criminal from Ballymun who is linked to the group was arrested over the murder of former New IRA man Vinnie Ryan, who was shot dead in Finglas in March. 

The New INLA are also involved in a dispute with another INLA faction mainly based on the southside of the city. The two groups clashed over offering protection to businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr. 

Gardaí are investigating numerous lines of inquiry into the attack on Maguire, including that it was carried out by the Hutch faction due to his links to New INLA members, or that it was a result of the row between INLA factions.  

Maguire is the latest gun victim in Ireland to be shot in the head who has regained consciousness.

Innocent bouncer Wayne Barrett was shot in the head  while working at the door of the infamous Player’s Lounge pub in Fairview, north Dublin, in 2010. 

The gunman was intending to target Alan Ryan, but hit innocent Wayne and two customers by mistake. 

Wayne was placed in an induced coma, but later recovered from his injuries in what his family described as a miracle.