Belfast Telegraph

Two held over murder of drug lord

Two men have been arrested over the gangland murder of one of Ireland's most notorious drug lords.

Michael Kelly, nicknamed The Panda, was gunned down in broad daylight last September outside an apartment block in Clongriffin, north Dublin.

The 30-year-old, a suspect in several gruesome murders, was said to be one of the capital's biggest gangsters.

Gardai said two men, both aged in their 20s, have been arrested in north Co Dublin in connection with the investigation.

They are being detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act 1939 at Ballymun Garda Station. "Investigations are continuing," a spokesman added.

The gun attack occurred near a children's playground on Marrsfield Avenue at about 1.15pm on September 15.

Shortly before his death, Kelly, who was also known as Micka and lived on Swans Nest Road in nearby Kilbarrack, was targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau - which was given the go-ahead to sell off two cars and a house bought from the proceeds of crime.

Elsewhere two suspected dissident republicans were arrested in north Co Dublin by gardai from the Northern Division and members from the Special Detective Unit.

The men, who are aged in their 30s, were detained as part of an ongoing investigation.

They were arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act 1939 and are being questioned at Clontarf and Raheny garda stations.


From Belfast Telegraph