Saturday 20 January 2018

My son's killers should never be freed, says mum

Jonathan O'Reilly who was killed in April 2004
Jonathan O'Reilly who was killed in April 2004


THE mother of a young man who was shot dead as part of a gangland feud has said she hopes that his killers will never be released from prison.

Dolores O'Reilly was speaking yesterday at her Clondalkin home on the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Jonathan O'Reilly (25), who was shot as he sat in a car outside Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin.

Thomas Hinchon (34), of St Ronan's Close, Clondalkin, and Brian Kenny (45), of Kilshane Cross, Finglas, are serving life sentences for the murder after the evidence of supergrass Joseph O'Callaghan helped send them down.

Mrs O'Reilly said: "I don't think about Brian Kenny and Thomas Hinchon, but I am curious -- it's 10 years now and I'm wondering when will they get out and would I be notified when they get out, because to me they deserve to stay in there for the rest of their lives and never get out.

"I don't hate them -- they are non-existent to me while they are in there. They have done wrong. It was a total waste of my son's life.


"I'm not afraid of them, I did nothing wrong, I never said, 'I'll get you in time to come and this isn't forgotten', I don't want any of that. I don't want any tit-for-tat. Life should mean life, not 10, 12, 15 years. They took a life and they took my son from me, who I miss very much."

The murder of Jonathan O'Reilly was part of a feud which is separate from the current feud in the Clondalkin area that claimed two lives last year.

Mrs O'Reilly acknowledged that her murdered son was involved in crime.

"Jonathan wasn't an angel, he sold drugs and it was wrong. I wasn't happy, to me it was wrong, but he went ahead and did it anyway," she said.

A special Mass took place at the Church of the the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Clondalkin on Thursday for family and friends of Jonathan O' Reilly.

His older brother, James, who was given a 10-year jail sentence in 2009 for possession of a gun, ammunition and drugs worth more than €300,000, is due for release next year.

Mrs O'Reilly said: "I want my son Jay to come out next year and start a afresh."

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