05/12/2012

Garda Appeal For Clontarf Shooting Witnesses

Gardaí investigating the fatal shooting of veteran criminal Eamon Kelly on Tuesday afternoon in north Dublin are urging any potential witnesses to contact them.

In particular they would like to talk to anyone who was in the Furry Park Road area in Killester between 2pm and 4.30pm.

A black Lexus car 96 D 27994 was found partially burnt out at Stiles Court Clontarf, a cul-de-sac at the rear of Clontarf Cricket/Rugby Club.

Gardaí in Clontarf would like to talk to anyone who may have noticed the car in Killester, Howth Road or Castle Avenue areas on Tuesday.

Gardaí believe the shooting represents the latest event in an increasingly violent feud between the Real IRA and some of the State’s largest criminal gangs.

A leading member of the dissident grouping was being held by gardaí last night after he was caught trying to flee in what gardaí believe was the gunman’s getaway vehicle. Detectives believe Kelly, a 65-year-old father of nine and one-time suspected member of the Official IRA, was mentoring a number of drug gangs behind the murder in September of Real IRA key figure Alan Ryan.

Gardaí are now trying to establish whether Kelly, who had been warned by gardaí his life was in danger, was shot dead in direct retaliation for Ryan’s killing.

Dublin’s latest gun murder victim was returning to his home on Furry Park Road, Killester, north Dublin, just after 4pm yesterday when he was ambushed on the street.

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