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Gardai at the scene of the shooting this afternoon. Sam Boal

Gardaí probe if row over dog resulted in Tallaght farmyard shooting

A man in his early 50s has been arrested in connection with the incident.

LAST UPDATE | 22 Feb 2022

A MAN IS in serious condition in hospital following a shooting in a rural area outside Tallaght, Dublin, this afternoon.

The incident took place at 1pm on farmland off the Blessington Road, in Hazel Grove area of Tallaght.

The Journal understands that he was shot in the back of the head. A dog that was with him was also shot during the incident.

One avenue of investigation is that a dispute between two men broke out in relation to the dog that was on the land. 

Signs on the entrance to the property stated that dogs were prohibited from walking on the private farmland. 

The injured man, who is in his early 30s, has since been taken to Tallaght University Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The victim is believed to be from close to the area.

Tallaght shooting 005 Gardai at the scene of the shooting this afternoon Sam Boal Sam Boal

A man in his early 50s was arrested at the scene and is currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.

The scene is currently being preserved for a technical examination which will be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Additional reporting by Tadgh McNally

Garreth MacNamee & Céimin Burke