Man shot in Dublin had links to 'Hatchet' Kavanagh

NewsBy Alan Sherry
Shooting: The victim allegedly has links to Hatchet Kavanagh
Shooting: The victim allegedly has links to Hatchet Kavanagh

An associate of murdered gangster Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh was shot dead in a gangland attack in Dublin today.

The man, who is known to gardai, was in a car on Church Avenue in Drumcondra that was rammed by another car around 11.30am.

Two men got out of the second car and fired at number of shots at the driver of a VW.

The victim, who is aged in his 30s and from south Dublin, was shot a number of times and died at the scene.

The gunmen ran from the scene wearing balaclavas and are still at large.

A burnt out car was recovered in the area.

The victim has yet to be formally identified but understands the man has connections to Gerard Kavanagh who was shot dead in Spain last year.

Kavanagh (above) from Drimnagh was an enforcer in Christy Kinahan’s drug organisation.

However, it is believed he had a falling out with Irish criminals based in the Costa Del Sol.

Today’s victim is also understood to be a close associate of gangland figure Paul Rice who helped carry the coffin at Kavanagh’s funeral.

Rice (44), from Tallaght in south Dublin, previously acted as an enforcer for the Kinahan mob, and is now considered a major player in gangland.