Gardaí believe the murder of a man outside his home in west Dublin last night is drugs related.

Cormac Berkeley, aged 34, was ambushed by a gunman who fired up to eight shots at him as he sat in a car in the driveway of his home at Harelawn Park in Neilstown.

He was treated at the scene, but was later pronounced dead. His family were in the house at the time.

The scene remains sealed off today as forensic specialists examine the area. The man's body was removed for a post-mortem examination.

Cormac Berkeley was known to gardaí for his involvement in serious and organised crime.

He had previous convictions including for drugs offences and had served time in prison.

Garda forensic teams working at the scene in Harelawn Park (Pic: Rolling News)

Distraught family and friends came to the area to grieve today as gardaí appealed for witnesses or anyone with information, mobile or dashcam footage to contact them.

They are also gathering and examining CCTV footage from a camera installed at the house.

Gardaí are trying to establish a motive for the murder and say that one line of inquiry is that the man was shot dead because he owed money to a major drug-dealing gang based in nearby Ballyfermot.

Mark Ward, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid West, said that the community of Clondalkin is "in trauma" following the news of the shooting.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, he said that the Harelawn Park estate is 41 years old this year, and is a settled estate that is well looked after and offers a community space.

This is the sixth gangland murder this year, three times as many as last year and the year before during Covid, but less than the ten killed in 2019.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01 6667300 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Detectives are also investigating if the gun attack is linked to another shooting earlier last night in Co Carlow, where another well-known criminal was targeted.

Shots were fired at a house in the Laurels Estate on the Tullow Road, but the man escaped injury.

Man seriously injured in Finglas shooting

In a separate gun attack yesterday evening, linked to organised crime, a man was shot and seriously injured in Finglas.

Gardaí believe the 21-year-old may have been in a car with another man when he was first targeted, that he tried to run away but was then shot on Cardiffsbridge Road.

He was taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. The crime scene has been preserved.

A burned-out car was subsequently recovered in the Berryfield area of Finglas.

Gardaí are treating the case as attempted murder and believe it is linked to the activities of feuding drug gangs in the area.