Gardaí are appealing for information on a stolen Opel Astra, which they believe was the getaway car used in a murder in Dublin this morning.

The victim has been named as 39-year-old David Darcy, who was shot dead on Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot as he left his home for work at around 6.50am.

He was shot several times in the upper body through the passenger window of his van after his driveway had been blocked by the attackers.

His family heard the shots from inside the house and called the emergency services, however attempts to resuscitate him failed and he died at the scene.

Mr Darcy was not known to gardaí and they are now trying to establish a motive for his killing.

They have appealed for anyone who was in the area or who may have information to contact them at Ballyfermot Garda Station.

The murder weapon has not been recovered but a burned out Opel Astra - registration number 99-CE-3047 – was found on nearby Inagh Road and is believed to have been the getaway car.

Gardaí say it was stolen on the 23 November and they are anxious to know where that car has been since then, as well as shortly before and after the murder.