Gardai appeal for witnesses to Neil Reilly murder in Lucan

Gardai are this afternoon appealing for witnesses to the murder of Neil Reilly (36) in Lucan in the early hours of this morning, and another incident which took place Clondalkin, to come forward.

The attack on Mr Reilly took place in the The Glebe, Esker area of Lucan shortly after 4am this morning, and is said to have involved at least five people.

Neil Reilly
(Neil Reilly)

It is believed an incident in Liscarne Gardens in Clondalkin shortly before the murder, in which shots were fired at a house, is connected to the murder.

A statement released by gardai said: “The first incident in Liscarne Gardens took place approximately 4am when a number of shots were fired at a house.

“A number of people were in the house at the time. No-one was injured in this incident. Vehicles were seen fleeing the scene.

“A short time later after 4am Gardaí at Lucan received a report of a collision which occurred at The Glebe, Esker in Lucan.

“Following the collision there was a violent altercation which involved at least five individuals.

“A man in his 30s sustained serious injuries in this incident and was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“A number of vehicles have been seized for technical examination.”

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Liscarne Gardens at around 4am who witnessed this incident to contact Lucan Gardai.

Meanwhile, anyone who was in the area of The Glebe, Esker a short time later who may have observed the altercation and/or vehicles which may have left the scene.

It is also possible a number of people may have left the scene on foot.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have observed vehicles speeding or driving erratically in the general area between Liscairne Gardens and the Esker Glebe at approximately 4am.

It is not clear on which route these vehicles travelled.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lucan this afternoon, Superintendent Dermot Mann said: “We are appealing for any witnesses (in the Esker Glebe area) to come forward.

“We know a number of people came out onto the street following the initial impact of the cars and they may have seen what happened.

“I’m really concentrating on the number of cars that were involved, the descriptions of those cars and the people around, the number of people, and indeed how these people left.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01 - 6667300, or Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111. 

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