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Man charged with murder of Tyrone dissident shot as part of Dublin feud

By Luke Byrne

Published 30/05/2016

A man has been charged with the murder of Co Tyrone dissident republican Michael Barr, who was shot dead in north Dublin last month as he sat in the Sunset House pub
A man has been charged with the murder of Co Tyrone dissident republican Michael Barr, who was shot dead in north Dublin last month as he sat in the Sunset House pub

A man has been charged with the murder of Co Tyrone dissident republican Michael Barr, who was shot dead in north Dublin last month as he sat in the Sunset House pub.

Eamonn Cumberton (29), with an address at Mountjoy Street in Dublin, appeared before a brief sitting of the city's Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) yesterday morning.

Wearing dark clothes and a dark jacket, he didn't speak for the duration of the hearing, but sat in the dock with his head bowed for most of the proceedings.

Garda sergeant Brian Delaney gave evidence of the arrest, caution and charge of Mr Cumberton. He said the suspect was arrested on May 28 at 11.36pm for the murder of Michael Barr on April 25. His killing has been linked to a bitter feud between warring Irish gangland bosses.

The court, in front of Judge Marie Quirke, heard that the accused made no response to the murder charge.

An application for legal aid was made by Mr Cumberton's legal counsel John Quinn, which was granted.

The court heart that Mr Cumberton had no source of income and was receiving social welfare.

He was remanded in Garda custody to appear again before Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

Earlier in the day Garda said the suspect was being held at Bridewell station.

Barr (38) was from Strabane but had been living in north Dublin for the last number of years. It is believed he was targeted by the Kinahan gang in the city because they believed he sourced the weapons used in the gangland killing of another man, David Byrne.

Byrne (34), a close friend and associate of Daniel Kinahan, died when a six-man assassination team stormed the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February during a boxing event.

Just weeks later two men, who were described as slim and wearing masks, burst into the Sunset House pub in Ballybough near Croke Park while a driver waited outside.

They shot Barr a number of times in the head and body before fleeing in an Audi A6 that was found burned out in the nearby Drumcondra area.

Barr was a known associate of a short, stout Tyrone man wearing a flat cap who was pictured leaving the hotel along with a young Dublin associate of the rival Hutch gang dressed in women's clothes.

At the start of this month, 15 men were arrested in Strabane after police swooped on a number of vehicles following Barr's funeral service.

All were questioned about alleged membership of a dissident republican grouping known as the New IRA.

Police released 12 of them pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

The other three men were charged.

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