A murder investigation is under way after a man seriously injured in a shooting incident in Lucan in Dublin last night died.

James Talbot, 46, was shot a number of times at his home in Abbeywood Court around 10.30pm.

The father-of-four was taken to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown where he was later pronounced dead.

Detectives say it was a well organised attack.

The victim's wife and four teenage children were in the house when a gang of men forced the door at around 10.30pm.

Gardaí say the gang left the scene in a beige coloured Toyota Avensis, registration number 05 D 15878.

An area in the Earlsfort Estate in Lucan, where the car was found on fire shortly after the shooting, was sealed off.

Gardaí appointed a family liaison officer to support the victim's wife and children.

Detectives are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and are speaking with neighbours who reported shots last night.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information or anyone who may have seen the car at either scene to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01-6667300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.