Garda appeals for information on two vehicles used in murder

David Lynch was shot dead outside his home in Lucan, Dublin, at 2.15pm on March 1st

Gardaí are seeking information in relation to two vehicles they believe were used in the murder of a 42-year-old gangland figure in Lucan, Dublin, last week.

David Lynch was shot dead outside his home in the Foxdene estate in Lucan on March 1st at about 2.15pm when a number of shots were fired by at least one man driven to and from the scene in a van.

That vehicle was found burnt out at nearby Buirg an Rí Glen, Lucan, close to a school. It had been set on fire, and a handgun with a silencer was found beside the van, having fallen onto the ground as the vehicle went up in flames.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was removed to the city morgue for a post-mortem.


Gardaí are renewing their appeal for any information in relation to the investigation of the fatal shooting. Detectives are particularly interested in the movements of two vehicles in recent months.

The first is a white Peugeot Partner van, registration number 141 D 6118. Gardaí are appealing for any information on the location of the van between December 18th, 2018, and March 1st.

“On March 1st, a red ‘N’ plate was displayed on the front window and on the rear door of this vehicle,” said a Garda spokesman.

The second vehicle is a Grey Toyota Avensis, registration number 12 KE 576, which was stolen from an address in Celbridge, on February 14th.

Gardaí said they were seeking information on the whereabouts of the Avensis or any person who may have seen the vehicle between February 14th and March 1st.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01-6667300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111 or any Garda Station.

Lynch had no criminal convictions for any form of serious or for-profit crime. However, despite the absence of any major convictions on his record he was a known associate of west Dublin and Kildare-based drugs gang leaders.

About five years ago he was also under investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

He had been threatened by notorious Ballyfermot gang leader Mark Desmond a number of years ago.

Lynch’s was the second afternoon shooting in a matter of days after a criminal was shot in the neck, but survived, at a retail park in Co Louth.

Since then, a man in his 20s has been left fighting for his life after a shooting in west Dublin on Wednesday. That latest attack occurred in Briarswood, Dublin 15, close to the Blakestown Road shortly after 5pm.

Garda sources said the victim, who sustained a number of wounds was critically injured.

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson is an Irish Times reporter