Published December 04, 2012
DUBLIN – A senior figure in Ireland's criminal underworld has been shot to death near his Dublin home, two years after surviving a similar assassination bid.
Police say 65-year-old Eamon Kelly was shot up to six times Tuesday as he ran away from a lone gunman in northeast Dublin. The Real IRA paramilitary group is suspected of being involved.
Kelly — a pioneer of Ireland's cocaine trade and a veteran bank robber — was dubbed "The Godfather" by Dublin's tabloid press.
Officers pursued the gunman after he jumped into a getaway car. It was abandoned and both men fled on foot, but officers caught one and arrested him. Police declined to say whether the arrested man was the suspected shooter or driver, but did identify him as a Real IRA member.