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).
http://www.sundayworld.com/columnists/index.phpWhile 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.
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?