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Gun deaths Murder-suicide victims were among four people who died in fatal shootings in 2021

There were also several non-fatal shootings where the victims survived.

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Eileen O’Sullivan was shot in her bed.

Eileen O’Sullivan was shot in her bed.

Eileen O’Sullivan was shot in her bed.

FATAL shootings remained low in Ireland in 2021 for the second year in a row but there were several people lucky to escape with their lives.

There were a total of four fatal shootings this year including two people shot dead in a murder-suicide by a man who then took his own life.

Morris ‘Mossie’ O’Sullivan shot his wife Eileen, 56, and son Jamie, 24, at their home in Lixnaw, Co Kerry in September before taking his own life in September.

The others are Patrick ‘Pappy’ Lyons, 44, who was shot dead in Ballymun in February and a teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who was shot dead in the summer.

Patrick Caslin, 26, also died in hospital in November days after being found on the ground in Finglas with a gunshot wound to the head but gardai suspect he may have shot himself accidentally.

Lyons was shot dead in Belclare Terrace in Poppintree in a targeted killing on February 11.

The 44-year-old father-of-two was a drug user with minor convictions but was not considered a major criminal.

Gardaí initially were baffled as to why he was targeted but the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission subsequently launched probe into whether some Gardaí were aware of threats to Lyons' life before the shooting but didn’t disclose this to other gardai until days after the killing.

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Shooting victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

Shooting victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

Shooting victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

The probe which remains ongoing was examining claims that officers received information about a threat to Lyons' life 24 hours before his murder but did not tell Lyons and did not tell the investigation team for four days about the threat.

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

A local gang from the Ballymun area are suspected of carrying out the killing but no one has been charged in connection with the case.

While fatal shootings were low this year, there were also several non-fatal shootings where the victims survived.

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Gary Carey was injured in the November attack

Gary Carey was injured in the November attack

Gary Carey was injured in the November attack

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A homeless man was found by emergency services after being shot in the side of his body outside Belcamp College near Darndale in north Dublin on August 11.

The man who is aged in his 30s survived the attack but no-one has been charged in relation to the shooting.

Drug dealer Gary ‘the Canary’ Carey cheated death when a gunman shot him in Ballyfermot, south Dublin, on November 17.

Carey, 40, from Islandbridge Court in Dublin, was sitting in a car outside a house on Ballyfermot Crescent when a gunman fired up to 10 shots at him hitting him twice.

Carey survived a previous attempt on his life last March when a man opened fire on him in Ballyfermot but he did not report the attack to gardai. A young criminal from Ballyfermot was the suspect in the March attack and gardai are probing whether the two shootings are linked.

Carey is considered a significant player in the drugs trade in Dublin and has been the target of numerous garda operations.

His brother Darren was one of two men murdered by notorious criminal Mark 'the Guinea Pig' Desmond just before New Year’s Eve in 2000.

A man aged in his 40s was arrested in connection with the shooting in December.

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Tommy McDonnell

Tommy McDonnell

Tommy McDonnell

Innocent mechanic Tommy McDonnell was seriously injured in a gun attack in Tallaght on December 3rd.

He was struck in the neck and chest after being attacked in his rented garage.

Gardaí believe the innocent 58-year-old, who has no involvement in crime, was mistakenly targeted because a man known to him owes a major debt.

The hitmen involved in the attack set accidentally set themselves on fire twice while burning out getaway cars.

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