Shooter who blasted notorious Coolock criminal 'may have been well known to him'

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The notorious criminal blasted in broad daylight outside the family home in Coolock yesterday may have been shot by “someone who knows him well”.

That’s one theory gardai are understood to be examining after thug Michael Brennan was shot several times on Cromcastle Drive in Kilmore yesterday.

Brennan, 32, who was sentenced to ten years in jail in 2010 for attempted murder over a drug debt, was shot several times in the leg just after 2pm yesterday.

The violent thug has more than 60 previous convictions for a litany of crimes including attempted murder, intimidation of a witness and threats to kill.

It’s believed the shocking lunchtime shooting may be connected to an ongoing feud between two gangs from Coolock – one in Kilmore where Brennan was shot, the other based in the Priorswood/Darndale area at the northern end of the sprawling northside suburb.

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Teams of gardai swarmed Cromcastle Drive and the surrounding neighbourhood within minutes of Wednesday’s gun attack, with officers knocking on doors around Kilmore and detectives combing the street and neighbours’ gardens for anything the shooter might have discarded.

Several residents said that a strange car had been seen “casing the street” before speeding off on several evenings over the past week.

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One told Dublin Live: “It was a silver saloon car; it came up the road and would slow down outside the Brennan house before turning around and flying out on two wheels.

“This happened a few times over the past week. We’d know all the cars around here and it wasn’t one of them.

“It’s Michael’s poor mother I feel sorry for – she’s a lovely woman and she’s been through a lot.”

They added that Brennan – “who we wouldn’t see much of as he’s inside more than he’s out” – had been spotted hanging around Northside Shopping Centre at 6am on Wednesday – the day he was shot – well before any of the stores in the busy mall open for business.

Another Kilmore resident said that life had “become very cheap around here – you can pay a young kid as little as €50 to cycle up to someone and shoot them, no questions asked – and that’s the truth”.

The shooting prompted local TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin to call for additional Garda resources and a designated task force, which he said had been promised for the northside of the city.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin, who said that gun crime was now “out of control” added: “Today there was a shooting in Coolock with the victim shot several times in the middle of the afternoon. Just five days ago there was another shooting in Darndale.

“At the end of January, in the middle of the General Election we also had a series of shootings, that culminated in commitments being made about setting up a Mulvey-style taskforce for the northside of the city.

“Where is the Northside Taskforce that the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice committed to over 100 days ago?

“Children in pockets of my constituency are growing up thinking that this kind of criminality is normal when it is absolutely not.

“We need to see a real response now to this in the form of a Northside crime task force, similar to the Mulvey Commission for the North Inner City. We also now need additional Garda resources deployed urgently as a deterrent.

“Communities across our constituency are calling out for progress. Now in their caretaker capacity, this Government must start bringing community stakeholders together in Dublin Bay North with a view to setting up a Northside task force to tackle crime.

“What is happening is not normal, we need to see real action from Government immediately.”

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Garda said no arrests had been made as yet and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information into the shooting to come forward.

They in a statement: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 2pm today Wednesday 20th May 2020 at Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore, Coolock.

“A man in his 30s was injured in the shooting and was removed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where his injuries are described as non-life threatening.

“The scene is currently preserved for technical examination. No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.

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“Gardaí at Santry are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or anyone with information to contact Santry Garda Station at 01 6664000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

Source: Dublin News