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Gun attack Innocent mum (30) fighting for her life after horror shooting in Bluebell, Dublin

Sinead Connolly is the sister of Real IRA killer Sean Connolly, who is serving life for the murder of crime boss Eamon Kelly.

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Innocent Sinead Connolly was shot twice.

Innocent Sinead Connolly was shot twice.

Innocent Sinead Connolly was shot twice.

This is the innocent young mum who was last night fighting for her life after being gunned down inside her own front door.

Sinead Connolly (30) was shot once in the chest and once in the arm in a gun attack, believed to be linked to dissident republicans, in the hallway of her second-floor flat in Bluebell, south Dublin yesterday.

A second man, a neighbour who is believed have also been shot during the same gun attack, presented at St James's Hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach and leg a short time later.

Three men, all understood to have addresses in Northern Ireland, were arrested yesterday and were last night being interviewed by gardaí in Kevin Street and Kilmainham Garda stations in connection with the attack.

The Garda Special Detective Unit held a case conference in Kevin St station at 7pm last night.

But sources said gardai are confident the shootings were carried out by dissident Republicans.

Sinead Connolly is the sister of Real IRA killer Sean Connolly, who is serving life for the murder of crime boss Eamon Kelly.

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 Sinead’s brother, Sean Connolly, is an IRA killer

Sinead’s brother, Sean Connolly, is an IRA killer

Sinead’s brother, Sean Connolly, is an IRA killer

However, sources say Sinead was not known to gardai in any capacity and is considered to be a completely innocent victim by investigators.

Sources say Sinead was critically injured in the shooting and underwent life-saving surgery at St. James's Hospital.

One neighbour who yesterday spoke with the Sunday World said he and his partner had initially suspected Sinead and the injured male had been stabbed when they saw them emerge from the apartment covered in blood.

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The flats in Bleubell, south Dublin, where the shooting occurred.

The flats in Bleubell, south Dublin, where the shooting occurred.

The flats in Bleubell, south Dublin, where the shooting occurred.

"I don't know how there was someone shot, there was no noises, no bangs, nothing," he said.

"The missus rang me when she saw the gardai piling in downstairs - she said she thought someone was after being stabbed.

"She had the windows open and there was definitely no banging noise or anything like that. The first she knew there was anything wrong was when she heard the screaming.

"And there was a little girl in the flat with them at the time and she was screaming like anything.

"The missus was going to go over and grab the girl to get her away but we don't really know them.

"I told her to stay away from it because if someone saw you going in there you could be next.

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Gardaí at the scene of the attack.

Gardaí at the scene of the attack.

Gardaí at the scene of the attack.

"This all happened … she rang me at 1.44 … so it would have been about 10 minutes before that.

"She thought it must have been a knifing and then she seen your man coming out, who they said was shot, and he was walking but he looked like he had something in him.

"So I assumed that was the knife still in him.

"She said the woman was still screaming and it was only a while later we found out that the woman was shot as well.

"And the poor child was screaming as well over on the left hand side of the complex."

Manager of the Bluebell Community Development Project and family friend Tommy Coombes yesterday described Sinead as 'quiet and unassuming' adding there was a sense of shock in the area.

"Sinead had only moved up into Bernard Curtis House a couple of years ago after transferring in from Inchicore," he said.

"Her sister Orla worked with us and I can only say Sinead was a normal, quiet, unassuming young woman.

"People are absolutely shocked by this. That's why we opened the Community Development Project today just so people could have a cup of tea and speak with each other about it."

Speaking with the Sunday World yesterday, Sinn Féin City Councillor and chair of the Joint Policing Committee, Daithí Doolan said the fact the shooting had taken place in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon was particularly sinister.

"Today's shooting in Bluebell has left two people injured," he said.

"Any shooting is wrong. But on a Saturday afternoon in broad daylight it is totally unacceptable.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the Gardaí. We need to make sure those involved are arrested, charged and face the full rigours of the law.

"This is not the first gun attack in Bluebell. And I would appeal to the Garda Commissioner to ensure adequate resources are made available to the Gardaí to tackle gun crime in this part of the Dublin."

Sinead's brother Sean Connolly is serving life for murdering veteran crime boss Eamon Kelly.

Kelly (65) was shot dead near his home as he returned home from a betting shop in December 2012.

Sean Connolly has been serving a life sentence since he pleaded guilty to the murder at the Special Criminal Court in April 2015.

Connolly had also been charged with IRA membership and with possession of a firearm on the same occasion.

However, Connolly pleaded guilty to the murder of Kelly before his trial started and the court was told that the remaining two counts would proceed no further.

In a statement last night, a Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are currently at the scene of a shooting incident in the Bluebell area of Inchicore, Dublin 8, that occurred earlier this afternoon. A woman has been taken to St. James's Hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.

"The scene has been preserved for a technical examination. Investigations are ongoing."

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