Monday 19 February 2018

Three to be charged over dissident republican shooting

Garda pictured outside the Huntsman Inn at Gormanstown earlier this week
Garda pictured outside the Huntsman Inn at Gormanstown earlier this week

THREE men are due in court this evening to be charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a dissident republican outside a pub earlier this week.

Peter Butterly (35) was shot dead outside The Huntsman Inn pub at Gormanstown in Meath on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Butterly, of Cortown, Togher, Dunleer in Co Louth, was a Real IRA figure and a father of two teenage girls and an infant son.

 

One line of inquiry was that Butterly was lured to his death as part of a bloody fall-out involving dissident republicans.

 

He was an associate of a Real IRA boss and convicted criminal Alan Ryan, who was shot dead in north Dublin last year.

 

Ryan's faction was involved in extortion and intimidation of drug dealers and racketeering against pub and club owners.

 

Butterly appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court last year accused of membership of the Real IRA but was freed on a technicality.

 

Five men were arrested by gardai shortly after Butterly's death.

 

Yesterday one man in his 30s was released and gardaí said a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This afternoon a second man was released from custody with a file due to be sent to the DPP.

 

The remaining three men will be charged at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court at 7.30 pm.

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