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25-year-old man appears in court charged with murder of Noel Kirwan

Noel Kirwan, left, with Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch
Noel Kirwan, left, with Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch

A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was court charged with the murder of Noel Kirwan in Dublin.

The 62-year-old, a friend of Gerard "the Monk" Hutch, was sitting in a car outside his house in St Ronan’s Drive, in Clondalkin on December 22 last when he was shot several times. He was the tenth person to die in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

His partner sitting was in the passenger seat was but she was not injured in the shooting.

On Monday morning 25-year-old Jason Keating of Lower Main Street in Rush was brought to Blanchardstown District Court under armed escort charged with the murder of Mr Kirwan. Dressed in a blue T-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms and holding a hooded top, he remained silent during the brief hearing.

 

Detective Sergeant Damien Gannon told the court Mr Keating was charged at Lucan Garda Station at 12.28 on Sunday afternoon and he made no reply after caution. 

Judge David McHugh noted that it was a ‘very serious charge’ and remanded the accused in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

In a murder case, a bail application can only be made in the High Court. Legal aid was granted.

A woman in her twenties who was also arrested in connection with the investigation has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.