Noel ‘Duck Egg' Kirwin murder accused further remanded

Jason Keating
Jason Keating

A 25-year-old man charged with the murder of Noel “Duck Egg” Kirwan in Dublin has been further remanded in custody.

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 was in the passenger seat was but was not injured in the shooting.

On May 8 last, 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.

Detective Sergeant Damian Gannon had told that hearing that Mr Keating made no reply to the charge after caution. Legal aid was granted and he was remanded in custody.

He faced his sixth hearing when he appeared before Judge Kathryn Hutton at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

The court Garda sergeant told the court that the book of evidence was not ready yet but “the file is advancing”.

Mr Keating did not address the court and spoke only to his solicitor Miska Hanahoe who said she was instructed to ask that the case would be marked peremptory against the State. She argued that her client, who has been refused bail, has been in custody on remand since May 8 last.

The prosecution said, “it is a very large file, you will see it is a a most serious charge before the court”, and asked Judge “not to start the clock running”. Judge Hutton said she may consider doing so on the next date. Mr Keating was further remanded in custody for another two weeks.

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.