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'Concerning' Local councillor says weapons are 'easy available' after fatal Finglas shooting

A man in his 20s was shot dead in the Deanstown Avenue area of Finglas, Dublin this morning.

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Gardaí at the scene of the latest gangland shooting scene, on Deanstown Avenue, Finglas, Dublin.

Gardaí at the scene of the latest gangland shooting scene, on Deanstown Avenue, Finglas, Dublin.

Gardaí at the scene of the latest gangland shooting scene, on Deanstown Avenue, Finglas, Dublin.

Local councillors are calling for “urgent attention” after a man in his 20s was shot dead in Finglas this morning.

The horrifying shooting took place in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Deanstown Avenue area of Finglas, Dublin 11.

Gardaí and emergency services rushed to the scene at approximately 4:30am where a man was discovered with a gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A Garda officer stands near a cordon at the scene in the Deanstown Avenue area of Finglas, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

A Garda officer stands near a cordon at the scene in the Deanstown Avenue area of Finglas, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

A Garda officer stands near a cordon at the scene in the Deanstown Avenue area of Finglas, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Officers are investigating if the shooting is linked to a feuding organised crime gang based in the Finglas area.

Tensions have been high in the north Dublin suburb following a number of shootings and violent incidents linked to two factions, one headed up by drug dealer 'Mr Flashy.'

The escalating dispute has seen a number of serious incidents reported including a grenade attack on a house, an abduction in broad daylight, and several assaults.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Keith Connolly said that Sunday’s incident is “more bad news for Finglas” and puts “Finglas in a bad spotlight again.”

“I think it’s really important that the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice allocate the correct resources in dealing with these kinds of crime-related shootings. It’s not the first time unfortunately that it’s happened,” he told sundayworld.com.

“I plead that anyone with information contacts An Garda Síochána and I ask for the relevant authorities to make sure Finglas is properly resourced in order to fight this feud and fight gangland crime.

“It’s a time where gardaí have to be correctly resourced in order to bring people to justice and keep them safe.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Briege Mac Oscar said that the “violent death” shows that the gangland situation in Finglas is “worsening” while independent councillor Noeleen Reilly said that the lack of garda resources in the area is to blame for the increase in crime.

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Ms Reilly said: “I think it’s just shocking and it’s causing a lot of concern in the community. There has been an increase in violent crimes in the area lately and it’s not the direction we want to be going in.

“It’s telling that there’s a shortage of gardaí in the area and violent crimes are increasing. It’s very much related.

“It just shows that weapons are so easily available in the area and that’s another grave concern as well.

“Senior management in the garda station have been absent for some time and we don’t have any indication of when they’re going to be replaced.

“We’ve never had less community policing in the area and it’s all playing into the increase in crime in the area. There’s a lot of very young men particularly getting caught up in it. We really need urgent attention.”

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident in Finglas this morning to come forward.

"Gardaí can be contacted at Finglas Garda Station 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

"Investigations are ongoing and further updates will follow."

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