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Bloodbath Man who admitted machete attack outside Garda station was gangland shooting suspect

Martin Cunningham pleaded guilty this week to the attack on Kenneth Fitzsimons outside Finglas Garda Station in 2019. Both were involved in the Corduff feud

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Blood-spattered steps outside Finglas Garda station after the machete attack by Martin Cunningham

Blood-spattered steps outside Finglas Garda station after the machete attack by Martin Cunningham

Blood-spattered steps outside Finglas Garda station after the machete attack by Martin Cunningham

A man who admitted a vicious machete attack outside a Garda station was a suspect in a gangland feud shooting.

Martin Cunningham (27) pleaded guilty this week to the attack on Kenneth Fitzsimons (41) outside Finglas Garda Station in 2019.

Both were involved in the Corduff feud which saw multiple shootings, assaults, stabbings and firebomb attacks in west Dublin particularly.

Cunningham, from Warrenstown Drive in Mulhuddart, was due to stand trial for the attempted murder of Fitzsimons but the DPP agreed to drop that charge on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and producing a machete.

The feud has quietened down in recent times compared to 2019 when it was at its height.

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Martin Cunningham

Martin Cunningham

Martin Cunningham


Cunningham had been a suspect in a gun attack on an associate of Fitzsimons outside Riversdale Community College in Blanchardstown a week earlier.

In that attack the gunman opened fire on a rival who escaped. While Cunningham was arrested over the attack, he was later released without charge.

Over a week later he targeted Fitzsimons, who had left clothes at the Garda station for his son Dean, who had been arrested in relation to disorder linked to the feud.

Kenneth was standing at a bus stop outside the Garda station when Cunningham attacked him stabbing him in the neck.

Fitzsimons fled into the Garda station and pictures taken at the scene show the blood-soaked aftermath of the attack.

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Dean and Kenneth Fitzsimons were jailed

Dean and Kenneth Fitzsimons were jailed

Dean and Kenneth Fitzsimons were jailed

Kenneth and Dean Fitzsimons were on one side of the feud led by a 24-year-old man who cannot be named as he is currently before the courts.

Cunningham was on the ­other side and had links to criminal Paul Dempsey who came under threat.

Dempsey (39), from the Sheephill estate in Blanchardstown, was shot by the notorious Westies crime gang in 1999. He has previously served time in jail for firearms offences.

Kenneth and Dean Fitzsimons continued their involvement in the Corduff feud in the aftermath of the machete attack and were both arrested in a dramatic incident in west Dublin in June 2019.

The incident was captured on the Virgin Media documentary Inside the K which was broadcast last year.

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Still from Inside the K documentary

Still from Inside the K documentary

Still from Inside the K documentary

The Fitzsimons were targeted as part of Operation Run Off when gardaí went to stop them in a stolen car on Blakestown Road in Blanchardstown on June 23, 2019.

Officers pulled Dean from the vehicle but Kenneth sped away from the scene. They caught up with him following a chase through back roads.

Gardaí believe the pair were on their way to carry out a shooting as part of the feud.

Kenneth was jailed for five-and-a-half years for offences including two counts of possessing a firearm.

Dean was jailed for seven years for two counts of possessing a semi-automatic pistol and to being a passenger in a stolen car and possessing a semi-automatic pistol.

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