Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Dissident republican Declan Smith dies after being shot in the face last week

Declan Smith
Declan Smith

A dissident republican shot in the face a week ago after dropping a youngster to a creche has died.

Declan Smith, in his 30s and originally from Belfast and believed to have connections to murdered Real IRA boss Alan Ryan, was gunned down after leaving a little boy at the north Dublin playschool.

The attack happened in the Donaghmede area when a lone gunman opened fire at about 9am last Friday before fleeing on foot.

A number of parents dropping toddlers off at the Little Rainbow's creche saw the man lying in the road in a pool of blood and rushed to shelter children from the bloody scene.

It is understood Smith is wanted by police in Northern Ireland investigating a gruesome double murder of two men in Belfast in March 2007 which was linked to the Continuity IRA dissident group.

The body of Eddie Burns, 36, was found with serious head injuries in the Bog Meadows, close to the M1 motorway in west Belfast. The second victim Joe Jones, 38, was shot in the back of the head in the Ardoyne district where both men lived.

Burns and Jones were murdered by a CIRA gang who were captured on CCTV drinking heavily and taking drugs in bars in the west of the city just hours before the murders.

Eddie Burns was abducted and shot dead by the gang close to the Falls Road while Jones was lured to Elmfield St in Ardoyne where he was badly beaten before being killed with a spade and his body dumped in an entry.

Three men suspected of involvement in the murders fled to the Irish Republic.

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