By Charlie Mallon
Friday February 12 2010
A key figure in Dublin's gangland was still being quizzed today about his alleged role in a litany of murders in the city.
He is reported to have been the trigger man in at least four fatal shootings, the most recent being that of David Thomas in October 2009.
Detectives believe this murder was a revenge killing for that of a Finglas man more than 10 years ago.
But the suspected gunman, in his 20s, is also an "enforcer" in the west Dublin gang, established by a new crime boss after the murder of gang leader 'Marlo' Hyland in December 2006.
He is being held at Finglas Garda Station.
This gang has been involved in a rash of killings, mainly in the west of the city and involving perceived rivals, informers and with drug debtors.
The main focus of the questioning of the suspect being held at Finglas is the murder on October 9 last year of 43-year- old David Thomas.
He was shot as he smoked a cigarette outside the Drake Inn pub on Finglas' Main Street.
Thomas was acquitted of murdering another local man, Eamon O'Reilly, who was blasted with a sawn-off shotgun during a row in a pub in Ballymun in January 1998. During his arrest, days later, he fired on and wounded two gardai.
- Charlie Mallon