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Suspect silent as he's charged with city pub murder


Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

A man has been charged with the murder of Michael Barr, who was shot dead in Dublin's north inner city last month as he sat in the Sunset House pub.

Eamonn Cumberton (29), with an address at Mountjoy Street in Dublin 7, appeared before a brief sitting of the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) yesterday morning.

Wearing dark clothes and a dark jacket, he sat in the dock for the duration of the hearing and didn't speak.

He kept his head bowed for most of the proceedings.

Garda Sergeant Brian Delaney gave evidence of the arrest, caution and charge of Mr Cumberton.

He said that the suspect was arrested on May 28 at 11.36pm for the murder of Barr (38) on April 25. The court, in front of Judge Marie Quirke, heard that the accused made no response to the charge.

An application for legal aid by was made by Mr Cumberton's legal counsel, John Quinn, which was granted. The court heard that Mr Cumberton had no source of income and was receiving social welfare.

He was remanded in garda custody to appear again before Cloverhill District Court next Friday. Earlier, gardai said that the suspect was being held at the Bridewell Garda Station.

After his death, friends and associates paid tribute to Barr, who was originally from Co Tyrone but who had been living in Dublin for a number of years.

"Our thoughts are with his partner, children, father and entire family circle at this difficult time, and hope they find some comfort in the fact that Mickey was held in such high regard by his comrades," one republican association of which he was a member said.

"Tragically taken from his family and young children, my thoughts are with them, his friends and comrades at this time."