Further violence feared after gangster's death
GARDAI fear further gangland violence in the wake of the murder of Michael 'Mica' Kelly. Officers say Kelly's death has created a vacuum in the supply of drugs shipments to the Irish market and that several gangs will now be vying to fill the gap.
Kelly was regarded as a 'facilitator' for the trafficking gangs seeking to import large shipments of cocaine and other drugs into the country.
He was not only a key player in organising consignments for gangs based in Dublin, but was also the main contact for a Galway-based criminal who controls the supply of drugs to gangs in the West.
A post-mortem last night confirmed that Kelly had been shot up to six times. Gardai are exploring a number of possible motives.
Kelly (30) was gunned down outside an apartment complex at Marrsfield, Clongriffin in north Dublin at lunchtime on Thursday. Two gunmen in a Saab killed him. The car was later recovered in Clonshaugh.
Gardai believe his murder is part of the fall-out from the implosion of the David Lindsay gang, which splintered as a result of rows over drug debts.
Kelly had been blamed for organising a double-cross with a hitman who had been hired by Lindsay to kill him. Instead, Lindsay and his friend, Alan Napper, were murdered. Their bodies have never been found.