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Monday 22 January 2018

Further violence feared after gangster's death

Tom Brady

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.

Irish Independent

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