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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gardai on alert after three vehicles torched on anniversary of feud murder

One of the cars damaged in the Ballymun attack
One of the cars damaged in the Ballymun attack

Ken Foy

Gardai are investigating whether a notorious northside gang is responsible for arson attacks on three vehicles in a Dublin housing estate.

The incidents came just days after the tenth anniversary of the murder of Ian McConnell (28), who was shot dead in Ballymun as part of a feud. Gardai are investigating if there is a link between the arsons and the feud.

Three vehicles were torched at Balcurris Park West, in Ballymun, at around 2.45am on Monday. No-one was injured in the incidents.

The windows of the vehicles were broken and an accelerant was thrown inside the cars, which were parked behind each other.

No arrests have yet been made in the arson spree, which caused tens of thousands of euro worth of damage.

The targeted vehicles were all white and included a Mercedes car, a VW Touareg and a Mitsubishi Fuso Canter.

At least one of the vehicles targeted is owned by John Kelly, the older brother of Stephen 'Ned' Kelly, a gangster who is serving a life sentence for the murder of McConnell.

He was shot dead on December 11, 2005, as part of a feud between groups from the Coultry and Shangan areas of the northside suburb.

Neither John Kelly, who is aged in his early 40s, or another person who is linked to one of the other burned-out vehicles, have any involvement in criminal activity.

Previously, two Range Rovers belonging to John Kelly were burned out in an attack in August 2013, in the same locality.


Sources said that gardai were examining whether the attacks were carried out by associates of slain Ian McConnell.

However, the involvement of another criminal grouping in Ballymun has not been ruled out. One line being investigated is whether the incident was carried out by thugs in an attempt to 'get at' Stephen 'Ned' Kelly (32).

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