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Thursday 21 November 2019

Second man charged over murder of man in his driveway

Gun victim Alan O’Neill.
Gun victim Alan O’Neill.

A SECOND man has appeared in court charged over the fatal shooting of a man in Tallaght four years ago.

Eric Shortall (22), of Muskerry Road, Ballyfermot, was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday charged with murdering Alan O'Neill.

He was remanded in custody for a week.

Mr O'Neill (35) was shot dead at Kiltalown Road, Tallaght, on May 27, 2015, in front of his partner on the driveway of their home.

Garda Conor Harrison told Judge Carol Anne Coolican he arrested the accused at Kiltipper Gate, Tallaght, at 8.39am yesterday.

He was taken to Tallaght Garda Station where he made no reply to the charge after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy consented to Mr Shortall being remanded in custody, to appear at Cloverhill District Court on August 7.

Fire

Mr Hennessy referred to "the antiquity of the matter" and said that he intended to make a bail application to the High Court in the immediate term.

Bail can only be granted at High Court level on a murder charge. Mr Shortall, wearing a light grey T-shirt and dark grey shorts, was not required to address the court during the brief hearing.

The judge granted free legal aid after Mr Hennessy made an application and submitted a statement of the accused's financial means to the court.

Last December, Warren Nolan (22) was found guilty of Mr O'Neill's murder by a majority jury verdict at the Central Criminal Court.

He was also found guilty by a unanimous verdict of setting fire to the car he used in the hit.

Nolan was sentenced to the mandatory term of life imprisonment for murder and six years for the fire, both sentences backdated to September 2017.

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