Gardaí have described the murder of a man who was shot dead outside his home in Dublin this morning as a 'callous act'.

He has been named as Patrick Harte, a 42-year-old father-of four.

He was shot three times as he sat in his car at Edenmore Avenue in Coolock after driving his children to school shortly after 9am.

It is thought he may have been followed and his movements monitored in recent days.

It is understood the Mr Harte, who was originally from Finglas, had been living in Edenmore Avenue with his family for over a year.

Detective Superintendent Michael Byrne said he was appealing to anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact the gardaí in confidence.

He also appealed to people to contact detectives if they have seen anyone acting suspiciously, or any vehicles acting suspiciously, in recent days and weeks.

Anyone with information should contact gardaí on 01-6664200.