A veteran lawyer believed to have been brutally assaulted by mobster Patrick Irwin has been found dead at his home.
The body of former Garda solicitor Alan Toal was discovered late Thursday night at his home in Co Wicklow, where he had been living in fear and under police protection.
His death is not being treated as suspicious and the state pathologist will now check if he suffered from heart failure.
Mr Toal was the victim of a horrific attack believed to have been carried out by Sligo mobster Irwin earlier this year.
Mr. Toal was a very respected lawyer who was a popular figure in the legal world.
He is believed to have been on heavy prescription medication to cope with the stress of serious threats being placed on his life.
A Garda Information Message (GIM) was delivered to Mr Toal warning him that there was a credible threat to his life.
Convicted cocaine dealer Irwin is said to have headbutted and punched Mr Toal at a Midlands hotel in August after demanding cash – a six-figure sum – the mobster claimed he was owed.
Mr Toal had a consultation with clients at the hotel on the morning of August 18 and then went to the on-site restaurant where he was allegedly assaulted.
It is understood that after the attack, Irwin stole the lawyer’s Porsche from outside the hotel and quickly made off.
The 60-year-old lawyer had claimed he was subsequently threatened by “heavy men” linked to Dublin crime gangs who demanded he withdraw his testimony against Irwin.
A senior member of the gang of slain criminals Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne, whom Mr Toal previously represented, is believed to have been involved and offered to mediate in the row.
But this convicted gunman turned on Mr Toal during mediation and began making his own threats.
Mr Toal had recently telephoned his local Garda station to report escalating threats which he said were being received from gangland figures.
Earlier this month, gardaí were called to the solicitor’s home in Co Wicklow by the local Armed Response Unit and seized a number of legal firearms.
It is believed that Mr Toal had previously become extremely emotional and threatened to ‘shoot’ Irwin if he showed up at his door.
In August, Patrick Irwin allegedly threatened to kill Mr Toal and burn down his house if he complained to Gardaí.
Irwin was released from prison in 2018 after serving 10 years for drug trafficking and assaulting a member of An Garda Síochána.
He was previously represented by Mr Toal, who had acted for defendants in serious crime and gangland cases throughout his 30-year career.
The attorney also represented Irwin’s former girlfriend, Deirdre Moran, 36, who was serving three years for transporting a gun for the criminal.
“I was viciously confronted and attacked by a notorious criminal who claimed I had avoided him for the last several years, among other things, none of which was true but rather delusional,” he said in a statement to the Irish Independent.
“I sat staring and smiling at this person as he attacked me and assured me that if I complained to Gardaí about his behavior he would kill me and burn my house down. These were not empty threats.”
The lawyer said after his attacker left, he discovered his car, which contained his wig, dress and briefcase, had been stolen.
“Despite the death threat, I immediately contacted the Gardaí in Tullamore, whose detectives arrived within minutes.”
Mr Toal said he had given them an eight-page statement on what had happened.
Irwin is believed to have fled Ireland after the attack and spent time in Spain and the United Kingdom.
The feared criminal was released from Mountjoy Prison in 2018 after serving seven and three-year sentences for drug trafficking and assault.
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