Updated: 08/12/16 : 05:52:23
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Cork fatal shooting victim named

The victim of yesterday's fatal shooting in Blackpool, Cork, has been named as Aidan O'Driscoll - also known as 'The Beast'.

Just three years ago the Ballyvolane native had survived another gun attack.

O'Driscoll was shot in the legs during a 2013 Cork attack after what Gardaí believed was a punishment operation carried out by fellow dissident Republicans.

In 2005, Aidan O'Driscoll was sentenced to three years in prison for membership of an illegal organisation styling itself Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on December 15, 2003.

Detective Superintendent Tony Quilter, Anglesea St, Cork, told the 2005 trial that O'Driscoll belonged to the group known as the Real IRA and was part of an active service unit of that organisation based in Cork city.

 Gardaí investigating the fatal shooting found two partially burnt-out vehicles.

They were found at Redemption Road, Blackpool and at Killeens, Co Cork.

These scenes have also been preserved for technical examination.

The man was pronounced dead after he was taken to Cork University Hospital. A post mortem is to be arranged.