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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Man pleads guilty to gun charges linked to 'Fat Deccy' attack

Eamon McNamee
Eamon McNamee

A dissident republican - who is also a convicted drug dealer - has pleaded guilty to charges linked to the punishment shooting of slain Real IRA figure Declan 'Fat Deccy' Smith in January 2013.

Yesterday at the Special Criminal Court, Eamon McNamee (37), of Larkfield Square, Lucan, Co Dublin, admitted to possession of a firearm with the intent to commit an indictable offence, namely assault causing harm, at Fairgreen, Saggart, Co Dublin on January 19, 2013.

Punishment

'Fat Deccy' Smith, who was a close associate of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan, was shot in the leg in a "punishment- style" attack in Saggart, west Dublin, in January 2013.

It was part of an "internal IRA purge" following the murder of Ryan by a Coolock crime gang four months earlier.

Smith, who was originally from Belfast, was aged 32 when he was shot dead by a separate north Dublin crime grouping outside a creche in Donaghmede in March 2014.

The "internal purge" that led to 'Fat Deccy' being shot in the legs was ordered by Aidan 'The Beast' O'Driscoll.

McNamee's trial had been due to open today.

However, Michael Bowman, defending, told the three-judge court yesterday that the accused could be arraigned on the charge.

When the registrar read the indictment to McNamee and asked him how he was pleading, he said: "Guilty".

Anne-Marie Lawlor, prosecuting, told the court that the plea was acceptable to the State.

Declan 'Fat Deccy' Smith
Declan 'Fat Deccy' Smith

Ms Lawlor said McNamee had been on bail for in excess of two years and there was consent to bail. However, she asked that the bail be varied to require McNamee to sign on at a garda station every day.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, remanded McNamee on continuing bail until January 29, when he will be sentenced for the offence.

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