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Suspect charged with stealing the car used in Delany shooting

A MAN has been charged with stealing the car used in the shooting of innocent postman Robert Delany.

Robert Gaynor (21), from Berryfield, in Finglas, appeared in Tallaght District Court on Wednesday charged with stealing the white Honda Integra used in the shooting.

Mr Delany (29) was shot in the head at his home at Russell Rise, Tallaght, on October 22, 2008, as he looked out of an upstairs window.

He remains in a vegetative state in Tallaght Hospital. The 29-year-old was allegedly targeted by a gang after he tried to stop someone being beaten up outside a pub in Tallaght.

The chief suspect in the shooting has since died. He is believed to have been recruited to carry out the attack on the innocent father-of-two because he had intervened in a pub row.

Unknown to Mr Delany, one of the men involved in the fight he broke up was the son of a republican figure, based in Dublin, who vowed revenge.

Mr Delany was with his partner Mags and two young daughters when he was blasted with the shotgun. A caller rang the bell of his apartment at 6.30am on the morning of the shooting.

When the 29-year-old postman looked over his balcony to see who was outside, he was shot at by a man who was standing on the pavement.





Shotgun

Mr Delany was sprayed in the face with shotgun pellets and fell back into his apartment. The gunman and an accomplice escaped and a car used by them was later found by gardai.

Mr Delany was rushed to hospital where his life hung in the balance for weeks. He remains in Tallaght Hospital.

He is not on a life-support machine but has no brain function. Bones have been removed from his skull to enable his brain to bleed and swell without the pressure killing him. He also contracted MRSA and developed epilepsy.

In court this week Robert Gaynor was accused of stealing a white Honda Integra from Francis McCann Car Sales, Naas Road, in October 2008.

Garda Michael McGrath told the court that he arrested Robert Gaynor at his home at 7.35am on Wednesday. He said Gaynor made no reply to the charge after caution.

Garda McGrath said the case related to Delany shooting.

He said a getaway car was identified, which was later forensically examined and DNA matched that of the defendant.

Garda McGrath said it will be alleged that the car was stolen a number of hours before the shooting. The matter was adjourned for six weeks to a date in May for the book of evidence.

Gaynor was remanded on bail in his own bond of €500 cash and on condition that he sign on three times a week at Finglas Garda Station and stay out of Tallaght.

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