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Saturday 18 August 2018

Gang figures out in force as crime boss Kelly's son buried

CRIME boss Eamonn Kelly has buried his 32-year-old son after his body was discovered in a Dublin city apartment.

A number of high-profile figures, including INLA killer Dessie O'Hare and pals of murdered criminal Eamon 'The Don' Dunne, turned up to pay their respects to the son of one of Dublin's crime godfathers.

Robert Kelly's body was discovered by his 62-year-old father at an apartment on Cork Street at 1pm last Monday afternoon.

Dozens of crime figures, young and old, were among the 400 mourners at the funeral.

Thugs

It was the largest gathering of gangland thugs since the funeral of murdered gangboss Dunne last year.

Dunne's closest friends Brian O'Reilly and Derek McLoughlin were among those who attended Robert Kelly's funeral.

O'Reilly (42) has been in hiding since he survived an assassination attempt in his local pub in Bettystown, Co Meath last August.

O'Reilly and McLoughlin have been the targets of a Real IRA gang in north Dublin since 'The Don' was shot head during a party at Faussagh House pub in Cabra on April 23 last year.

O'Reilly was seen conversing with the 'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare in the aftermath of the funeral.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that they did not suspect foul play in the death of Robert Kelly.

"We are not treating the death as suspicious," a garda spokesperson told the Herald.

According to sources they are trying to determine if he died from a drugs overdose or if he took his own life.

Eamonn Kelly was joined at the funeral by his brother Mattie, who was forced to pay €7m to the Criminal Assets Bureau in taxes owed.

One of Ireland's oldest drug dealers Jimmy Edgeworth also attended the funeral. The 73-year-old was involved in flooding the streets of Dublin with drugs in the 1970s and escaped jail last year for selling crack cocaine and heroin to undercover gardai.

Sentence

He received a four-year suspended sentence after claiming he was only dealing drugs to cover a shortfall in his pension.

Kelly is a highly respected figure in Dublin's gangland and acted as a criminal mentor to slain gang bosses 'The Don' and Martin 'Marlo' Hyland (39).

He is believed to have imparted his vast knowledge on armed robberies and drug smuggling to the two young criminals.

Hyland was one the biggest drug dealers in the country and was involved in heroin and cocaine trafficking, gun smuggling and was linked to a number of shootings and murders. Kelly was arrested last August for allegedly using intimidation to collect debts for builders.

In September, he survived an assassination attempt believed to have been carried out by associates of a former colleague.

Kelly managed to chase a gunman from his Clontarf home after his attacker's handgun jammed at the vital moment.

In the early 1990s, Kelly became one of Ireland's first criminals to be jailed for bringing a major consignment of cocaine into the country.

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