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All three gardai had been part of the investigation into Lyons murder but were taken off the case when the claims emerged; however, they have not been suspended from duty.

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Shooting victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

Shooting victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

Shooting victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission seized items from a Dublin Garda station last week as part of the probe into whether gardaí were aware of threats to the life of gun victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons before his death.

The 44-year-old father-of-two was shot dead in Belclare Terrace in Poppintree in a targeted killing on February 11.

Gardai were initially baffled as to the motive behind the killing but GSOC subsequently launched an investigation into claims that three officers had been made aware of a threat to Mr Lyons' life in the 24 hours before his murder and did not tell the investigation team for four days about the threat.

It is understood the three officers had been in case conferences over the murder.

All three gardai had been part of the investigation into Lyons murder but were taken off the case when the claims emerged; however, they have not been suspended from duty.

Sources say GSOC visited Ballymun Garda Station to gather evidence as part of the investigation and took away notebooks and documents.

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Floral tributes close to where Paddy died.

Floral tributes close to where Paddy died.

Floral tributes close to where Paddy died.

A spokesman for GSOC said that they could not comment on the evidence-gathering exercise.

"We won't be making any comment as it's an ongoing investigation," the spokesman said.

GSOC confirmed last week that an investigation was under way into the claim.

"GSOC received a referral from a Garda Superintendent which related to the murder of Mr Patrick Lyons on 11 February.

"The referral was made under Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005. The matter is now under examination by GSOC."

Section 102 allows for a GSOC investigation to be launched if "the conduct of a member of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person".

Mr Lyons was a drug user with minor convictions but was not involved in gangland crime.

Gardaí are now following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the killing and suspect it was orchestrated by local criminals.

Sources told last week's Sunday World that, while it may be understandable that Lyons didn't receive a Garda Information Message warning him of a threat to life as the information would have had to been analysed and distilled to determine whether it was credible, it was baffling that they may have sat on the information for a number of days after the murder.

Mr Lyons funeral took place at St Joseph's Church in Ballymun on Thursday. He is survived by his children, Cillian and Georgia, and his parents, Mary and Patrick.

Fr Declan Blake said Mr Lyons had his own struggles in life.

"Living with addiction can be a very lonely, painful and stressful life, for the individuals, but also especially for the families.

"For you, Mary and Pat, to lose your only child in such a brutal and senseless way is heartbreaking," Fr Blake said.

"Cillian, you were your da's number one. He loved you to bits and he was so proud of you doing so well.

"I know he loved playing football with you and he loved spending time with you.

"Your ma and da, Pappy and Sandra, are watching over you now from heaven and they want you to keep doing well, be strong, and to be happy.

"They know that you're very sad now and they know that all the family will look after you."

His mother Mary said: "Patrick, as your mother and your friend, I just wanted to say, you had your problems but I loved you every day. There is nothing more I can say other than I am going to miss you every day. There is no love like a mother's love, that's all I can say."

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