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gun to prison Dad of five jailed for firing gun at youths as he drove through Dublin housing estate

Shooter felt his son had been slighted by 'some young fellas'


Michael Hoolohan  was jailed for three-and-a-half-years

Michael Hoolohan was jailed for three-and-a-half-years

Michael Hoolohan was jailed for three-and-a-half-years

A MAN who fired shots in a residential area has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Gardaí were alerted after residents heard the shots fired by father-of-five Michael Hoolohan (42) at four youths as he was driving through a Dublin housing estate.

His defence barrister told the court the gardaí accepted this was not a case of a feud, nor was Hoolohan part of a criminal gang.

Michael O'Higgins, defending, said his client "overreacted in a way that was criminal" after he felt his son had been slighted by "some young fellas".

Counsel said the "red mist went down" and his client's reaction was "completely without justification" but submitted that Hoolohan "did so as a parent who was very stressed by the event".

Hoolohan, of Croftwood Green, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a firearm and the reckless discharging of a firearm at Cedarbrook Walk, also Ballyfermot, on April 16 last year.

He has 11 previous convictions, all for road traffic and public order offences.

Judge Martin Nolan accept- ed Hoolohan was "of the view that these four had mistreat- ed his son and he discharged a few shots with the inten- tion to frighten and terrify them".

He said he was satisfied Hoolohan had not intended to harm them, but added that he had managed to acquire a handgun, which "is somewhat sinister".


Judge Nolan acknowledged that Hoolohan is "a good family man with responsibility" and has served his community, but said he must impose a custodial sentence.

"It seems that this was not a feud but rather a dispute that sometimes occurs in neighbourhoods where parents react in a disproportionate manner," Judge Nolan said.

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Detective Sergeant Ronan McDermott told Karl Finnegan, prosecuting, that gardaí had responded to two emergency calls in relation to the shooting.

They were informed that a Toyota Hiace van had been the source of the gun shots and that the driver seemed to be following a number of youths.

A spent shell casing and two full rounds of ammunition were later recovered from the scene and sent for technical examination.

Gardaí were tipped off that Hoolohan may have been responsible, and CCTV footage was gathered from the local area.

It was later established that the same vehicle seen in the footage was parked outside Hoolohan's home, and a warrant was secured to search the vehicle and the house.

The van was later examined and firearms residue was discovered within it, allowing gardaí to link the vehicle to the shooting.

The following day, Hoolohan presented himself at the garda station, asking why his home was searched, but "nothing came out" of the follow-up garda interviews with him, Det Sgt McDermott said.

Gardaí identified the four youths involved and they were approached, but none of them had any interest in making a complaint.

Det Sgt McDermott agreed with Mr O'Higgins that it represented "a moment of madness" for his client, which he regrets "in the cold light of day".

He accepted a suggestion from counsel that Hoolohan's plea of guilty was of value to the State "as it could have been quite a messy case to prosecute".

Mr O'Higgins said his client is a father of five and has been with his partner for 17 years.

He described him as "solid and otherwise reliable".

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