Police have arrested a man in connection to the murder of Eamon Kelly last Tuesday. Kelly, a notorious crime boss, was shot three times in broad daylight near his home in Killester, north of Dublin city.
Seán Connolly (34) from Bluebell, Dublin, was charged with the possession of a firearm and being a member of a number of illegal organizations, which style themselves on the Irish Republican Army (IRA), according to the Irish Times reports.
Connolly appeared before the Special Criminal Court on Friday, after 6pm, and was formally charged. Detective Sergeant Enda Mulryan told the court that he had arrested Connelly in Raheny, at 4.10pm, under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
It is believed that Connolly is a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise known as the IRA. Connolly was the prime suspect in Kelly’s murder. He had been questioned by the police about a shooting offense previously and has also served a prison sentence at Portlaoise maximum-security jail for a serious offence.
The Irish Independent reports that Kelly’s murder was thought to be part of an ongoing feud between terrorists and organized crime gangs in Dublin. This feud has resulted in several murders including that of Real IRA leader Alan Ryan in September.
Connolly was remanded in custody until December 20th.