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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Fresh appeal over murder on Luas line

GARDAI have made a fresh appeal for information to Luas passengers who passed the scene of Ireland's most recent gangland murder to make contact with them.

Drug-dealer Michael Kelly (27) was shot dead in a green area close to the Luas tracks at Grand Canal Place in Dublin's south inner city.

A total of five people – including three women – have been arrested by gardai.

Yesterday, a garda spokesman said that officers are "appealing to passengers on a Luas tram (Red Line), which passed the scene of the incident, at an area known as the Dry Canal beside Suir Bridge, at approximately 10.28am on July 15, 2013, to contact them".

Dad-of-three Kelly, from St Teresa's Gardens, died after being shot three times.

It is understood that CCTV obtained in the local area and from Veolia Transport, the company that operates the Luas, has played a major part in the investigation.

Gardai have revealed that a number of commuters who passed the scene shortly before the shooting have described seeing an argument taking place. Kelly was shot dead over a small drugs debt, according to sources, and detectives are believed to have built "a clear picture" of the events surrounding the murder.

All five arrests so far have been for withholding information and in each case the suspects has been released without charge.

SAVAGE

Kelly had previously been the victim of a savage assault by rival mobsters because of his drug-dealing activities.

He was given a three-year suspended jail sentence in Dublin Circuit Court after being caught with a large variety of drugs on Talbot Street on the capital's northside in 2008.

A sum of €235 which he had in his possession was also forfeited to the State in that case.

Kelly also had a number of previous convictions for motoring offences as well as breaching a barring order.

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