Irishman shot dead in Mallorca named as Dublin father-of-three Trevor O'Neill

Irishman shot dead in Mallorca named as Dublin father-of-three Trevor O'Neill

THE Irishman who was shot dead in Mallorca last night has been named as Trevor O'Neill. 

The father-of-three from Drimnagh in west Dublin, was walking with his wife and children aged five, 7 and 10 in the Costa de la Calma region of the island last night (August 17) when the shooting occurred.

Mr O'Neill was on holiday with his family celebrating his 40th birthday when he was killed.

Guardia Civil, the local police on the island, have said they do not believe Mr O'Neill was the intended victim of the shooting and it was a case of mistaken identity.

Dublin City Councillor for Ballyfermot and Drimnagh Daithí de Róiste, Fianna Fáil, spoke to The Irish Post this afternoon about Mr O'Neill.

"He was over in Spain for his 40th birthday, he was a lovely guy and an innocent bystander, an innocent victim. A case of mistaken identity is exactly how it is."

Cllr de Róiste went on to describe the feeling in Drimnagh today as "shock, disbelief and heartbreak."

Shortly after 9pm a hooded man approached Mr O'Neill from behind and shot him four times in the back before fleeing the scene.

Mr O'Neill, who worked for Dublin City Council, was pronounced dead at the San Espases hospital a short time later.

Dublin City Council CEO Brendan Kenny described Mr O'Neill's death as tragic, adding colleagues were in shock.

"The management and staff of Dublin City Council are shocked to hear of the tragic death of Trevor O’ Neill in Majorca last night. Trevor was a hard working and dedicated employee of Dublin City Council," he said.

"On behalf of the management team, city councillors and staff of Dublin City Council, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Trevor’s family and friends."

A friend of the deceased also paid tribute to him on Facebook, saying: "I can't believe that this man, a true gentle man in every respect of the word, a friend and as close to blood that someone could be [...] could be slane [sic], murdered in cold blood on holiday with his wife and kids [...] RIP brother xx."

Others spoke of "wonderful childhood memories" with Mr O'Neill, while another said "you would have to go a long way to meet a nicer chap than Trev. He'll be sadly missed by us all."

Police have also said they believe the shooting could have been an attempt to settle scores between rival Irish gangs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs have told The Irish Post they are aware of the incident and are providing consular assistance.