The man, known to mother-of-five Sandra Boyd, questioned her on suspicion of her murder

A man known to the innocent mother-of-five who was shot dead in Dublin last weekend is being questioned on suspicion of her murder.

Sandra Boyd, 36, died after sustaining a gunshot wound at a house in Collins Place, Finglas, just before 9pm on Saturday.

Gardaí then launched a murder investigation and tried to find out what was happening in the house at the time of the shooting.

It is not believed that Ms Boyd was deliberately attacked when she was killed.

At this point, Gardaí suspected a firearm was being made in the home and when she attempted to intervene, the gun was fired, accidentally shooting Ms Boyd.

Efforts to locate the suspect have moved quickly and yesterday a man aged around 20 was arrested as part of the investigation in the capital.

The man was known to Ms Boyd and remained in custody on suspicion of her murder at Finglas Garda train station last night.

He is being held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and may be questioned for up to a week before either being charged or released pending a file with prosecutors.

Gardaí are continuing their investigation and are appealing to anyone with information or witnesses to get in touch.

A firearm believed to be a handgun was also later recovered by investigators at the property and sent for ballistics testing.

Originally from the Finglas area, Mrs Boyd was a mother of four boys and a little girl.

Locals expressed their shock at the tragedy over the weekend.

Friends on social media also described her as “one of a kind” and “a diamond” while revealing their fear over her murder.

Her heartbroken partner Darren Noonan posted a series of pictures of the couple along with the caption: “Love you forever.”

Another friend wrote online: “Absolutely shocking news. What kind of world do we live in. Absolutely heartbreaking. Rest in peace Sandra, you were truly one of a kind. Look down on your children and your family.”

Fianna Fáil councilor Keith Connolly described the killing of a young mother as “harrowing”.

“It happened to the east of Finglas so it’s very close to the village and usually a very quiet area. There hasn’t been anything like this in the area for a long time. So the sense of shock is really immense,” he added.

As part of the investigation, Gardaí have already spoken to a number of people and collected surveillance cameras from the area.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident just before 9pm and Ms Boyd was taken to Mater Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem was conducted on Sunday afternoon while Gardaí also conducted a forensic examination of the crime scene.

Gardaí are asking anyone who drove in the Collins Park area, Ballygall Road West or adjacent streets on Saturday between 8pm and 9pm to get in touch with them. The man, known to mother-of-five Sandra Boyd, questioned her on suspicion of her murder

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