PINT-sized mob boss John Gilligan was shot three times in the legs, chest and head in the toilet of his brother’s house.
Gilligan was seriously wounded in the attack that happened at his brother Thomas’s house in Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, just after 7pm.
It was the same house where Gilligan celebrated his release when he got out of Portlaoise Prison on October 14.
He answered the door to his assailants and was chased into the bathroom upstairs and blasted at close range as a child’s christening was being celebrated.
The 61-year-old suffered three gunshot wounds, to the legs and chest while a bullet also grazed his head.
However, he was reportedly wearing a bullet proof vest and survived.
He was rushed to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown where it is understood that he is in a critical condition.
Gardaí believe that three shots were fired in the attempted murder.
They are currently searching for two men seen fleeing in a silver SUV type vehicle.
Last night the gardai said they were investigating a shooting incident which occurred at a house at Greenfort Crescent, Ronanstown at approximately 7.10pm.
“A man in his 60’s received a number of gunshot injuries when two armed and masked men entered the house at the above address and discharged shots,” gardai said.