A SINN Fein chief has been arrested over the shooting of a Dublin postman which has left him on life support for two years.
The Republican, who has been one of the IRA’s most senior figures in Dublin, was detained today with his son for the horrendous attack on Robert Delaney.
The SF man now portrays himself as a successful businessman. But gardai believe Robert Delany was shot because of a row in a pub involving the SF boss's son.
The man and his son were taken into custody for questioning about the 2008 murder attempt.
It is expected that gardai will make a third arrest later today.
Mr Delany, a father of two young children, was shot in the face when he looked out a window of his apartment after a knock at the door.
He was left in a vegetative state and remains in a coma almost two years later.
In the early hours of this morning, detectives arrested two men who they believe may have knowledge about the shooting, including the convicted terrorist.
Today, the Delany family welcomed the news, telling the Herald that that it proves the investigation is still live.
The injured man's father Terry said: "We welcome the latest development and want to thank the gardai.
"This still proves that the investigation is live and ongoing and we appreciate the efforts of all the garda in their ongoing drive to secure a conviction in relation to Robert's shooting."
Mr Delany is understood to have been shot as a direct result of an altercation with the son of a prominent Dublin-based Republican.
Sources confirmed to the Herald today that the latest arrests involve a high-profile ex-IRA man who was extremely active in Sinn Fein.
He is now a businessman in the Dublin area but his company has previously been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) for €1.5m.
The man was a key in the Provisional IRA's Dublin brigade for most of the 1980s.
He has previous convictions for firearms offences in the 1970s and has spent time in prison. As a member of Sinn Fein, he was an ardent anti-drugs campaigner.
A spokesperson said the arrests were the seventh and eighth in the investigation.
"The father and son are being detained at Tallaght Garda Station."
Robert's family have launched a website, www.innocentvictimsofcrime.ie, which aims not only to act as a generator of evidence in this case but as a platform for other families to tell their horrific stories.
Mr Delany has two young daughters who have not been able to communicate with him since the shooting on October 22, 2008.
The 29-year-old had worked as a postman and had never been in trouble with gardai.
A few weeks before he was blasted in the face he had intervened in a pub row in Saggart and this is believed to have been the motive behind the shooting.