TD condemns murder of "completely innocent" Irishman in Majorca

Trevor O'Neill was shot in the back while out celebrating his birthday

TD condemns murder of "completely innocent" Irishman in Majorca

Street signs on the island of Majorca in Spain | Image: Nick Ansell / PA Archive/Press Association Images

A TD has joined the condemnation of the shooting of a Dublin man in Spain, in what is suspected to be the latest killing in an ongoing criminal feud.

The man in his 40s, named locally as Trevor O'Neill, was shot in the back while out celebrating his birthday on the island of Majorca last night.

Security sources say there is no doubt the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and that the Dublin City Council worker was not the intended target.

Police are searching for up to three men following the murder, which happened outside a restaurant in Costa de la Calma at around 9.00pm.

Guardia Civil in Baleares said that the victim was shot several times in the back and later died as a result of his injuries.

Spanish police said it is a line of inquiry that will be investigated, but could not confirm the claims.

The CEO of Dublin City Council, Brendan Kenny, said management and staff were shocked to hear of Mr O'Neill's death. 

"Trevor was a hard working and dedicated employee of Dublin City Council," he said in a statement.

"On behalf of the management team, city councillors and staff of Dublin City Council, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Trevor’s family and friends."

"Criminal thugs"

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh was among the others who condemned the murder, saying: "All reports point to this murder being a case of mistaken identity. The man was completely innocent.

"He was on holiday with his wife and three children and his life was taken away from him by criminal thugs.

"I would appeal to these criminals to bring this feud to an end before more lives are lost.

"A woman has lost her husband and three children have lost their father in a despicable act of violence by criminals who are intent on taking each other out with no regard for innocent bystanders."

A bar owner at the Spanish resort, who did not want to be named, told the Irish Independent: "I heard three shots, but there were apparently four, and then saw a man with a blue hoodie pulled tight over his face run by.

"I didn't realise at first they were guns. I thought it was kids playing with firecrackers.

"But then I heard people screaming and people came rushing into the bar to seek refuge."

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of a shooting incident on the Spanish holiday island and providing consular assistance.