Woman receives gunshot wound to the head in Dublin

The scene remained sealed off for over 12 hours following the incident
The scene remained sealed off for over 12 hours following the incident

A woman suffered horrific head injuries in a mysterious shooting incident in Dublin city.

The incident unfolded at around 1am on Saturday at Grove Lane on the Malahide Road in north Dublin, when the 27-year-old woman was blasted with a shotgun.

Armed gardai rushed to the scene and a 29-year-old man, who is well known to the woman, was arrested and brought to Coolock Garda Station.

It is understood that gardai only became aware of the situation after the woman was "dropped off" at the A&E unit of Beaumont Hospital by a man who then sped from the locality.

The area where the shooting happened remained sealed off for over 12 hours as gardai conducted forensic and technical examinations of the scene.

The arrested man was released without charge on Sunday and sources say that it has still not been established exactly how the woman was shot.

However, gardai do not believe that her injuries were self-inflicted and it has been established that the shooting incident happened outdoors.

The woman was still being treated for her head injuries in Beaumont Hospital last night, but she is expected to survive.

The arrested man was a very close associate of murdered Traveller brothers John Paul and Tommy Joyce, the Herald reports. The crime brothers were murdered just seven months apart, between June 2009 and January 2010.

Tommy was gunned down by two men who entered a site at Grove Lane in Coolock on the evening of June 17, 2009. This is also the location of Saturday night's bizarre shooting incident.

It has also emerged that, later on Saturday, gardai seized a car as part of their investigation.

Sources say that this vehicle has links to one of the country's most feared gangland criminals, a 33-year-old who is being investigated for his role in ordering three murders.

However, he is not suspected of being involved in Saturday's shooting.

Ken Foy