Father-of-three shot dead in Dublin while travelling to work
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Father-of-three shot dead in Dublin while travelling to work

A MAN shot dead in Dublin this morning as he made his way to work has been named as father-of-three John Lawless.

The 39-year-old was shot at around 6.25am as he left his home on Marigold Crescent, Darndale.

Mr Lawless, whose partner is expecting their fourth child, was taken to Beaumont Hospital but died shortly after.

A post mortem examination has been carried out at the Dublin City Mortuary in Whitehall by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

It is believed that a burnt out car discovered around a mile away at Greenwood Avenue, Donaghmede, may be linked to the shooting.

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The 132-D registration silver Ford Focus was stolen on January 1 in the Santry area.

The Garda Technical Bureau have carried out examinations at both Marigold Crescent and Greenwood Avenue.

No known motive

Superintendent Gerard Donnelly said they are yet to determine a motive for the shooting.

“At this stage we have no known motive for this shooting,” he said.

“Mr Lawless left his home this morning on the way to work.

“He is not a person who was known to us for involvement in serious criminal activity.

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“We have a number of lines of inquiry which we will explore.”

He added: “I would also make an appeal – there is a family grieving here, the Lawless family.

“They have lost a partner, a son, a brother and I would ask that their privacy is respected, particularly at this difficult time.”

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or the Ford Focus is asked to contact the incident room at Coolock Garda Station on 01-6664200, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.