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Former OIRA activist escapes unharmed from assassination attempt


borntorum

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A man described by the Sunday World as a 'major gangland criminal' escaped unharmed when a hitman's gun jammed on Saturday night. Apparently he has refused to give a statement to the Gardai. Eamon Kelly (63) was an associate of recently killed gang leader Eamon Dunne, and received a 14 year sentence in 1993 after being caught with almost 1000 grams of cocaine.

So far, so depressingly humdrum. What caught my eye was the following information about his previous involvement with the OIRA back in the 1980s, which was of course the undeclared military wing of the Workers Party (the party from which the current leadership of Labour emerged).

While never swearing an oath to the IRA, he worked with the paramilitary outfit's 'Group B unit' in the 1980s. The group specialised in armed robberies of cash and drink deliveries, and was behind some of the biggest bank heists of the decade.

Kelly was jailed for three years in 1988 for an assault on a member of the Worker's Party outside a club near the party's headquarters in Gardiner Place in Dublin.

Gardai believe Kelly moved into the drug trade in the early '90s where he helped organise cannabis shipments into the country.
http://www.sundayworld.com/columnists/index.php

Does anyone know anymore about this guy's involvement with the Stickies? And have any other former members of that organisation been convicted of drug dealing and assorted criminal involvement?
 


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As it happens I am reading The Lost Revolution at the minute.

Kelly and his gang carried out robberies in conjunction with 'Group B'. Kelly also used the OIRA's name in various extortion rackets. He fell out with the Sticks after stabbing one of their members in a row in a drinking club and was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in jail.
 
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A man described by the Sunday World as a 'major gangland criminal' escaped unharmed when a hitman's gun jammed on Saturday night.
I wonder did that 2010 article ascribe the attempted shooting to the Real IRA.
 

And So I Said

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As it happens I am reading The Lost Revolution at the minute.

Kelly and his gang carried out robberies in conjunction with 'Group B'. Kelly also used the OIRA's name in various extortion rackets. He fell out with the Sticks after stabbing one of their members in a row in a drinking club and was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in jail.
I thought there was nothing left of the wp and oira other than the drinking clubs.
 

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I thought there was nothing left of the wp and oira other than the drinking clubs.
According to The Lost Revolution, building site scams in Beflast was the big one for the OIRA - the same as for the other paramilitary outfits around but the OIRA/Group B were recognised by the authorities as the most savvy of the bunch in terms of money laundering and hiding the assets.

There was some investigation into the site scams in the '80s with some arrests but it's a fair bet that it continued on to this day.
 

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I wonder did that 2010 article ascribe the attempted shooting to the Real IRA.
The link in the OP no longer works.

This SW article from 2010 (which might actually be the one referenced in the OP) mentions "dissident republican groups demanding protection money" as one of the possible lines of enquiry:
"Gardai will examine a number of lines of inquiry in terms of who ordered the hit. They range from other members of Dunne's former gang who may blame him for their boss's murder to dissident republican groups demanding protection money and rival gangsters."
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Another article from 2011 about Kelly mentions the RIRA - or rather "a Real IRA extortion gang" - as "prime suspects": "The prime suspects for that attempted hit were a Real IRA extortion gang who have been involved in a number of shootings and feuds in Dublin in the past year.
The gang, led by brothers from Donaghmede, suffered a blow last week when gardai discovered three semi-automatic pistols along with bomb components during a raid of a house on Dublin's northside."

http://www.sundayworld.com/columnists/sw-irish-crime.php?aid=6814

Whether or not you agree with it, at least the SW's storyline is consistent ... :)
 
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