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'Absolutely tragic' Woman (30s) shot to death in Finglas, Dublin named locally as Sandra Boyd

This is a very tragic situation that just shook the whole community particularly because we were enjoying St Patrick’s weekend, a long weekend of celebrations, and this happens. It’s an absolute tragedy.”

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Flowers left near to the scene (PA)

Flowers left near to the scene (PA)

Flowers left near to the scene (PA)

A woman who died after being shot in the chest in Dublin on Saturday has been named locally as Sandra Boyd.

Ms Boyd, who was in her 30s, was rushed to hospital after gardai and emergency services were called to the scene of the shooting, a house in Collins Place, Finglas West, at 8.40pm.

She was taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital where she later passed away.

It's understood that Ms Boyd is a mother to five children and is from the Finglas area.

A murder investigation is now underway, and detectives are attempting to establish the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.

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Garda at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where a woman in her 30s has died in a shooting on Saturday night (PA)

Garda at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where a woman in her 30s has died in a shooting on Saturday night (PA)

Garda at the scene in Finglas, north Dublin, where a woman in her 30s has died in a shooting on Saturday night (PA)

Local councillor for the Ballymun-Finglas area, Mary Callaghan, described Ms Boyd’s death as “an absolute tragedy.”

“My heart absolutely goes out to the family,” she told sundayworld.com.

“This is a very tragic situation that just shook the whole community particularly because we were enjoying St Patrick’s weekend, a long weekend of celebrations, and this happens. It’s an absolute tragedy.”

The Social Democrats councillor went on the hail the emergency services who attended the scene on Saturday evening, saying: “It’s a really shocking thing to have to attend and they always do a great job. There will be a lot of follow-up and support for the family.”

And local Sinn Féin councillor Anthony Connaghan added: “I’m devastated for the family that’s after losing a mother, a daughter. It’s shocking.

"I know she had four or five kids, so I’m obviously shocked and devastated for the family. It’s just heart-breaking.”

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Cllr Connaghan said that this is one of many alarming incidents to take place in Finglas over the last few months.

“I’m appalled that something this is after happening in the area. We’ve had a few months where we’ve had a number of serious anti-social incidents,” he said.

“There have been shootings, there’s been a grenade thrown at a house, there’s been a chap kidnapped in broad daylight off the street and stabbed numerous times and left in a bad way in Finglas West.

“It’s very annoying as a public representative because about these issues, they’re being reported to us all the time, and we’re constantly calling for extra Garda resources. It seems to fall on deaf ears until a major incident like this happens.”

The scene of the shooting remains preserved and a technical examination is currently being conducted by the Garda Technical Bureau.

The remains of the deceased have been removed to the City Morgue and a postmortem will be conducted this afternoon by State Pathologist Dr. Sally Ann Collis.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

A garda spokesperson added: “Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information on this fatal shooting to contact investigating Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station.

“An Garda Síochána are also appealing for any person driving in the area of Collins Park, Ballygall Road West or any adjacent/ surrounding roads between 8pm and 9.00pm, particularly drivers of any vehicle or other roads users who may have video footage (dashcam, GoPro or other) to contact investigating Gardaí.

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

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