THE brother of Ireland’s so-called ‘unluckiest criminal’ has been shot in a bar in Torremolinos.

Dubliner Michael Joseph O’Driscoll, who was on holiday with his girlfriend on the Costa del Sol, was singled out by a balaclava-wearing gunman who fired one shot and ran out of the bar.

The 28-year-old victim, who has been described as a low-ranking member of a criminal gang, was taken to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Meanwhile Spanish police are now liaising with police in Ireland to try to establish a motive for the attack.

One theory is that Irish criminals found out O’Driscoll was in Torremolinos and asked associates there to shoot him.

His brother Thomas, a 100-times repeat offender, was nicknamed Ireland’s unluckiest criminal after he was shot and paralysed in an attack at a north Dublin pub in 2006.

He later learned to walk again only to be knocked down by a car and end up back in a wheelchair.

He was jailed in August 2010 for stealing women’s blouses.