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No charge for ex-IRA man over shooting

A FORMER IRA godfather and his two sons arrested in connection with the shooting of dad-of-two Robert Delany have been released without charge.

The man, a one-time Sinn Fein member, and his sons were detained yesterday morning as part of the investigation into the brutal shooting of postman Robert Delany (pictured below) almost two years ago.

They were held on suspicion of withholding information.

Robert is left in a vegetative state after he was shot in the head in October of 2008.

Robert was targeted because he had tried to stop a pub row in Saggart a couple of weeks earlier, it is believed.

The former republican, who played a key role in the Provisional movement, was questioned at length by detectives yesterday.

He was a key man in the Provisional IRA's Dublin brigade for most of the 1980s, and was also a member of Sinn Fein. He has previous convictions for firearms offences and has been in prison.

The man and his sons were held in Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations before being released between last night.

Garda spokespersons have said a file is being prepared for the DPP on the matter.