Man charged over Kelly death


A man has been charged with the murder of Eamon Kelly who was shot dead near his home in north Dublin last Tuesday.

Seán Connolly (34), from Bernard Curtis House in Bluebell, Dublin 12, was also charged with possession of a firearm and being a member of an illegal organisation styling itself as the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Mr Connolly appeared before the three-judge Special Criminal Court just after 6pm where he was formally charged. He was dressed in a blue and grey Adidas tracksuit and said nothing during the short proceedings.

Det Sgt Enda Mulryan told the court he had met the accused at 4.10pm in Raheny, Dublin and arrested him under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

“I believe that Seán Connolly committed the offences that I had arrested him for,” he said.

Mr Connolly was taken to Raheny Garda station and later before the Special Criminal Court on the recommendation of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

He was charged with murder contrary to common law in lieu of a district court appearance.

He was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise known as Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise known as the IRA.

There was a third charge of possessing a firearm, a Glock semi-automatic pistol, with intent to endanger life. Mr Connolly made no reply to the charges.

Kelly was shot dead at Furry Park Road, Killester in north Dublin last Tuesday.

Mr Connolly was remanded in custody until December 20th.