Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the murder of a 30-year-old man in Clongriffin in Dublin.

At a news conference this afternoon, gardaí said Michael Kelly was shot several times by at least two gunmen in the Marrsfield area.

The attack took place at around 1pm.

Mr Kelly was suspected of having links to a number of murders and missing person investigations. He had been warned that his life was in danger.

The Criminal Assets Bureau had also previously been successful in taking a house and two cars from him, which the courts agreed were the proceeds of crime.

Gardaí believed he had been trafficking in huge consignments of drugs from mainland Europe - which he then sold on to criminal gangs for distribution and street sale.

The area where the shooting happened has been sealed off and a car found nearby is also being examined.

Gardaí are asking witnesses to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01-6664200, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111.