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Man fatally shot in Ballymun named locally as Paddy Lyons

The victim, who was in his 40s, was killed after being shot in Ballymun last night.

The scene in Ballymun this morning
The scene in Ballymun this morning
Image: Garreth MacNamee/TheJournal.ie

THE MAN FATALLY shot in Ballymun last night has been named locally as Paddy Lyons. 

Gardaí are investigating whether the fatal shooting in north Dublin was connected to a local feud. 

Paddy Lyons, who was in his mid-40s, was killed after he was shot a number of times at Belclare Terrace in Ballymun at around 9.30pm last night.

His body has been removed from the scene to the city mortuary, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out later today.

The scene is still preserved and a technical examination is set to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.

Uniformed and non-uniformed gardaí are present in the Ballymun area this afternoon. Detectives are carrying out searches of the area around the crime scene, including in green areas of the estate.

Flowers were left by several neighbours this morning following the death of Paddy Lyons.

One local, who is from the Belclare area, was walking his dog last night when he saw the sirens and flashing lights go by.

Anthony, who would only give his first name, said: “It’s awful shocking. There are people here trying to get on with their lives and have to deal with this sort [of thing]. Children play along here and all. They could have seen it happen as well and then what? There’s too much of it these days.”

It’s known that the victim was an associate of a recently convicted Kinahan gang member, and gardaí are investigating whether the man’s links to the Kinahan cartel have anything to do with last night’s attack. However, the main line of investigation right now is if his death was connected to a local feud.

Investigators are appealing for possible witnesses to the incident, particularly anyone who was in the Belclare Terrace and Belclare Park areas between 8pm and 9.15pm last night.

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Ballymun shooting 002 Gardaí at the scene of the incident this morning Source: Leon Farrell via RollingNews.ie

An incident room has been established at Ballymun Garda Station, and gardaí have urged anyone with information to come forward.

Those with possible information are asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400, any other garda station, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Gardaí have also said they are aware of video footage and images which were taken online in the aftermath of the shooting and are now circulating online.

They are asking individuals not to share this footage out of respect to the family of the deceased.

Contains reporting by Garreth MacNamee from Ballymun.

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