Three vehicles torched on anniversary of feud murder in Dublin

CourtsBy Emily Bodkin
Three vehicles were the target of arson attacks in Ballymun
Three vehicles were the target of arson attacks in Ballymun

Gardai are investigating whether a northside gang are responsible for arson attacks on vehicles in Dublin housing estate

The incident occurred at 2.45am in Balcurris Park West, in Ballymun just days after the tenth anniversary of the murder of Ian McConnell, who was killed as part of a northside gang feud.

Windows of the cars were smashed and an accelerant was thrown inside the vehicles.

No one was injured in the incidents and gardai are investigating if there are any links between the arson and the feud.

The three vehicles targeted in the attack were all white and included a Mercedes car, a VW Touareg and a Mitsubishi Fuso Canter.

Sources say that one of the torched vehicles belongs to John Kelly, the older brother of Stephen 'Ned' Kelly, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of McConnell.

He was shot dead on December 11, 2005, as part of a feud between groups from the Coultry and Shangan areas of the northside

Two Range Rovers belonging to John Kelly was previously torched in 2013 in the same area.

Neither John Kelly, who is aged in his early 40s, or another person who is linked to one of the other burned-out vehicles, have any involvement in criminal activity.

Gardai are investigating whether the attacks were carried out by associates of McConnell.

No arrests have yet to be made.