Monday 18 November 2019

Gardai arrest suspected Real IRA members as part of Kelly murder probe

Murdered: Eamon Kelly
Murdered: Eamon Kelly
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

GARDAI have rounded up a number of suspected Real IRA members as part of their investigation into the murder of Eamon Kelly.

The 65-year-old crime boss was gunned down near his home in Furry Park Road, Killester, Dublin last week, and one man has already been charged with murder.

Sean Connolly (34), of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, Dublin, was brought before a late sitting of the Special Criminal Court last week. He was also charged with membership of the IRA and possession of a firearm with intent.

Over the weekend, gardai arrested six more suspects in the case after a senior RIRA figure turned informant. The four males and two females, all aged between their mid-20s and early-40s, were arrested in the Dublin area on Saturday morning.

One of the men and a woman, both of whom were detained at Clontarf garda station, were subsequently released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

All of those who were arrested were being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

A garda spokesman said that investigations into the murder were ongoing.

The Irish Independent revealed over the weekend how a senior RIRA member had broken his silence and identified the alleged team that took part in the murder.


It is understood that the former associate of murdered terror boss Alan Ryan also handed officers a list of other criminals who were to be murdered over the coming weeks.

The informant is now likely to enter the witness protection programme. Kelly, who had already survived an attempt on his life two years ago, died after being shot three times.

His murder has rocked gangland and is the most significant gangland execution since that of Martin Cahill in 1994.

Irish Independent

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