A 65-year-old convicted drug dealer has been shot dead in Dublin.

Eamon Kelly was shot several times on Furry Park Road in Killester, where he lived, shortly after 4pm.

He was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

He was jailed for 14 years in 1993 for the possession of a large quantity of cocaine and was a major figure in organised crime in Dublin.

Gardaí arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting and chased a car with two men inside.

The car, a black Lexus with a 96 D registration was later abandoned and partially burnt out at Stiles Court in Clontarf.

A man in his 30s, was arrested and is being held at Clontarf Garda Station.

The two scenes have been sealed off.

Kelly was suspected of being involved in the killing of Alan Ryan, 32, on Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin in September.

Ryan, who was from Grange Abbey Drive in Donaghmede, had served jail terms for IRA activities and gun possession.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information to contact them at Clontarf Garda Station on 01 666 4800.

In particular they would like to talk to anyone who may have noticed a black Lexus with the registration 96 D 27994 in the Killester, Howth Road or Castle Avenue areas today.