'Godfather' of drug gang shot in Dublin

Published Wednesday, 05 December 2012
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A post-mortem examination has been carried out on the body of one of Ireland's most notorious drug dealers who died after a shooting in Dublin.

'Godfather' of drug gang shot in Dublin
Police search the scene of the shooting in Dublin. (© PA)

Convicted drug dealer Eamon Kelly was gunned down close to his home in north Dublin on Tuesday afternoon.

Kelly, a 65-year-old career criminal dubbed the 'Godfather', previously escaped an attempt on his life in 2010 when his attacker's gun jammed.

A motive for the latest shooting, on Furry Park Road in Killester, will focus on a bloody dispute between crime gangs and the Real IRA in north Dublin.

The leader of the terrorist group, Alan Ryan, was murdered in September in a daylight gun attack.

Kelly was found with serious injuries on a footpath and rushed to Beaumont hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect arrested by unarmed Gardaí near the scene is believed to be a close associate of Ryan and is considered one of the Real IRA's most senior operators in Dublin.

The 32-year-old from south Dublin was previously jailed for Real IRA membership and his gang is suspected of being involved in a spate of shootings and pipe bomb attacks.

He is being quizzed by Gardaí in Clontarf, where he can be held for up to three days.

A black Lexus car, 96 D 27994, was found partially burnt out at Stiles Court, Clontarf, a cul de sac at the rear ofClontarf Cricket and Rugby Club.

Kelly was jailed for 14 years in the 1990s for possession of a kilo of cocaine and was sentenced for assaulting a Workers Party member in the late 1980s.

In recent years he has been portrayed as a close associate and confidant of ruthless gang leader and drugs boss Eamonn 'The Don' Dunne, who was shot dead in a pub in Cabra, north Dublin, in 2010.

But the father of nine is said to have cut his teeth as an armed robber working with the IRA in the 1980s, raising money for the paramilitary group.

He is the 15th gun murder victim so far this year.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have noticed the black Lexus in the area to contact them.

© UTV News
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8 Comments
william in coleraine wrote (705 days ago):
its the 15th gun murder. how many shootings or stabbings than? im well aware of london and its population which is 16 times bigger than dublin, imo
Phil in Dublin wrote (712 days ago):
William it is 15 murders in Ireland this year not only Dublin
Paul in London wrote (712 days ago):
William your joking, come live in London, it has alot more crime than all Ireland. Gun crime Knife crime you name it.
william in coleraine wrote (719 days ago):
ryan, dublin is rife with gun crime and hard drugs like heroin.and whats going on there now is a turf war between republican paramilitaries and criminals,the garda obviously cannot control whats going on down there! how many gun muders in the south as a whole i wonder? its like the friggin wild west !
Linda in NI wrote (719 days ago):
For goodness Ryan take your tunnelled vision republican glasses off and look at the country for real. With you its always everyone elses fault and never republicans. Both loyalist & republican paramilitary groups shared out their drug & protection areas at will. Drugs are a curse on society in all countries and I would rather live in a democracy free from all criminal/paramilitary groups for the benefit of all decent living people irrespective of religion
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