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Gang accused's latest bid for bail fails in the North

A man who is accused of being the leader of a Dublin criminal gang and who allegedly carries guns for his own protection was refused bail at a court sitting in the North.

Paschal Kelly (47) from Coolock, but with an address in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, has been in custody since February after being arrested with his associate Jonathan Gill (32) in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, by the PSNI's organised crime branch.

While Gill was granted bail in relation to serious gangland-related charges in the North and is now back living in Dublin, Kelly has made a number of unsuccessful applications to be released.

Yesterday afternoon, at Enniskillen Magistrates Court, Kelly's latest attempt was unsuccessful and he was remanded in continuing custody to appear before the court on July 8 next.

Kelly and Gill were arrested in a car on Queen Elizabeth Road in Enniskillen almost five months ago. Officers later recovered a key to an apartment at Portora Wharf beside Enniskillen Police Station and seized more than €65,000, 24 mobile phones and two cars.

The search also uncovered a passport with Kelly's photograph, but in the name of Brendan Duffy – the name given by Kelly when he was arrested.

Kelly, from Ishlawn, Ballyjamesduff, and Gill, from Malahide Road, Dublin, are both charged with possessing criminal property.

At a previous hearing, a member of the PSNI's organised crime branch told the court that, according to gardai, the men regularly carried firearms for their own protection. Kelly and Gill's lawyer objected to this statement.

Explaining his objections to bail, the officer said Kelly was a flight risk. He'd already had one false passport and might be able to get another. He also had access to large quantities of cash.


There were three warrants for his arrest in the Republic and he supplied 11 possible bail addresses – of which only two were acceptable to the police.

The officer said Gill was also a flight risk, as he also had easy access to large quantities of money.

Gill was eventually granted bail after spending more than two months in the North's Maghaberry Prison. But his pal Kelly will have to remain there for the foreseeable future.