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Saturday 16 December 2017

Panda killers' graffiti threat to drug gangs

A DISSIDENT Republican terror gang who murdered notorious drugs boss Michael 'Micka' Kelly has sprayed sinister graffiti close to the exact location where they shot him dead.

Our exclusive photo shows that the Real IRA mobsters have written 'Dealers Beware' and 'Oglaigh Na Heireann' (sic) on a wall at the Marrsfield apartment complex, Clongriffin, North Dublin.

Kelly, nicknamed 'The Panda', was blasted to death last September after visiting his newborn son and girlfriend.

Earlier this month, gardai arrested four men -- including the 22-year-old chief suspect -- for the slaying which was considered the most significant gangland murder of last year.

All four were later released without charge.

Three of the men are from the Donaghmede area of the city while another is a well known dissident Republican from Northern Ireland.

The Real IRA -- led by two notorious brothers -- had been at war with The Panda's crew for months after Kelly refused to pay them extortion money.

Originally from Swans Nest Road, Kilbarrack, Kelly was very paranoid about his movements and knew that his life was under threat because of his involvement in a string of other gangland murders in the last five years.

Since the murder of Kelly, the Real IRA faction have continued their extortion war with drug dealers.

Last November, the dissident mob were suspected of fireboming the home of Paul 'Burger' Walsh, the right-hand man of the slain gang boss.

kfoy@herald.ie

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