Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man charged with 'Godfather' murder

Gardai at the scene on Furry Park Road, Dublin where Eamon Kelly was shot dead
Gardai at the scene on Furry Park Road, Dublin where Eamon Kelly was shot dead

A suspected dissident republican has been charged with the murder of one of Ireland's most notorious criminals.

Convicted drug dealer Eamon Kelly was gunned down close to his home in north Dublin on Tuesday.

Sean Connolly has been brought before the non-jury Special Criminal Court where he was charged with murder.

The 34-year-old was also charged with possession of a Bloc semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life and membership of an illegal organisation styling itself as the IRA on December 4.

Kelly, a 65-year-old career criminal dubbed "the Godfather", was shot dead in broad daylight near his home in Furry Park Road in Killester, north Dublin.

Dressed in a grey hooded tracksuit with a blue stripe, shaven-headed Connolly did not speak during the hearing. The accused, of Bernard Curtis House in Bluebell, south Dublin, only stood briefly as each charge was read to him.

Detective Sergeant Enda Mulryan told the judges Connolly made no reply when charged shortly after 4pm outside Raheny Garda Station.

"I believe Sean Connolly committed the offences I have arrested him for," the Garda said as he identified the suspect by pointing across the courtroom.

Connolly was remanded in custody and will re-appear before the court via video-link on December 20.

His barrister, Anne-Marie Lawlor, told the could she would make an application for legal aid at a later date.

Press Association

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