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Witness appeal after major criminal linked to John Gilligan gunned down [pics]

Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran was shot dead outside his house at a Lucan housing estate last night. A burnt out car was found nearby.

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[Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland]

Updated at 7.49pm

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for witnesses after a major criminal was shot dead at his house in Lucan, west Dublin last night.

Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran, who was aged in his 40s, had been a close associate of John Gilligan since the crime boss’s release from prison last year. He also had links to the Dundon-McCarthy gang in Limerick.

He was gunned down in the Earlsfort View estate in Lucan at around 7.30pm last night.

A car, believed to have been used to carry out the attack, was later found burnt-out a few streets away on Glen Vale.

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[Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland]

“Gardaí are appealing to any person or persons who may have seen any suspicious or unusual activity at Earlsfort View between 6pm and 7.30 yesterday,” Superintendant Dave Taylor said in an press appeal at Lucan Garda Station this afternoon.

“We’re also appealing to any person who may have seen any car leave the scene.

“This location is adjacent to Balgaddy Road and it’s also directly opposite Ballyowen Park. Did you see any car leave this area in an erratic or dangerous manner?”

Both crime scenes remained sealed off this afternoon as gardaí carry out forensic examinations.

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[Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland]

Floral were tributes were left at the scene by family members.

A note left with one read “Rest in Peace uncle Duggy. Always loved and sadly missed. Love from nephew Christopher and familily.”

Another note said:

My loving brother Steven please Holy Mother fold him in your arms present him to your son in Heaven Jesus.

Give him hugs and kisses from his big brother. Love you with all my heart. Rest in heavenly peace…

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[Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland]

The shooting happened two weeks to the day after a botched attempt on John Gilligan’s life.

The notorious criminal was shot four times as he attended a social event at house in Greenfort Terrace, Clondalkin. It’s believed he may suffer ‘permanent damage’ as a result of the attack.

First posted at 1.09pm.

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