A man in his 40s has been shot dead in Dublin.

It is believed he was shot by a lone gunman.

The shooting happened on the Ballycoolan Road in Finglas.

The victim was taken to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, where he was pronounced dead.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination by gardaí.

The Ballycoolin Road is closed from the Premier Business Park to the Cappagh Road. This section of road is expected to remain closed overnight.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this shooting to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.