Murder investigation launched after shooting of man, 44, in Dublin
Updated / Friday, 12 Feb 2021 14:25
A murder investigation is under way following the fatal shooting of a man in Dublin last night.
Patrick ‘Pappy’ Lyons was shot dead as he was walking near his home in Ballymun at 9pm last night.
The 44-year-old father of one died at the scene on Belclare Terrace.
The scene of the first gun murder of the year in Dublin remained sealed off today as forensic specialists and gardaí searched for evidence.
Mr Lyons, who was known locally as Pappy, had five or six shots fired at him.
His body has been removed to the Dublin City Mortuary where a post-mortem examination will be carried out by Acting Chief State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.
Gardaí are trying to establish how many gunmen were involved and how they arrived and escaped after the murder.
Mr Lyons lived with his ten-year-old son and his mother in Belclare Gardens. His partner, and the child’s mother, also passed away recently.
Mr Lyons was known to gardaí but for minor crimes. He was a drug addict and had convictions for theft, public order and possession of drugs.
He was not known to be involved in gang activity and gardaí do not believe the murder is gang or feud related but more likely linked to a local dispute.
The chairperson of the local drugs task force in Ballymun, Andrew Montague, has said the community needs additional help to tackle drug crime and child neglect.
Mr Montague told RTÉ’s News at One that the murder of Mr Lyons was “awful” as he was “a victim all his life”.
He said that since the heroin crisis of the 1980s many former addicts have many problems that are exploited by crime gangs.
He said that they were targeted by crime gangs who are trying to get them addicted to crack cocaine and this abuse leads to many children being neglected as their parents cannot care for them.
He said that more gardaí and social workers are needed.
Mr Montague said local gardaí say they cannot cope with the level of open drug dealing in the area and one park has open drug dealing “all day”.
“We really need some help in this community..it wouldn’t be acceptable in other communities and I don’t know why the people of Ballymum have to put up with it,” he said.
Gardaí at Ballymun have set up an incident room and are asking witnesses to contact them.
They say they are aware of video footage and images circulating online in the aftermath of the shooting and have appealed to people not to share any footage relating to the incident on social media.
Gardaí are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the Belclare Terrace and Belclare Park areas between 8pm and 9.15pm.
They are also appealing for dash-cam and mobile phone footage of the incident.
Anyone with information should contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01-6664400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.
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