| 11.5°C Dublin

Speaking out Mary Lou McDonald pledges 'unwavering support' to gardai after ex SF councillor Jonathan Dowdall charged with murder

"Justice must take its course and those found guilty of violent crimes must be taken off our streets."

Close

Mary Lou McDonald with Jonathan Dowdall

Mary Lou McDonald with Jonathan Dowdall

Mary Lou McDonald with Jonathan Dowdall

Mary Lou McDonald has said gardaí have her “ongoing and unwavering support” in tackling organised criminal gangs in her constituency after former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall was yesterday charged with murder.

The Sinn Fein leader spoke out after Dowdall was charged with the murder of a Kinahan associate at the Regency Hotel five years ago.

Mr Dowdall was brought before the Special Criminal Court where he was charged with a single count of the murder of David Byrne at the hotel on the Swords Road, Drumcondra, on February 5, 2016.

Ms McDonald said: "Jonathan Dowdall left Sinn Féin many years ago and went on to oppose the party.

“The gardaí have my ongoing and unwavering support in tackling the scourge of organised criminal gangs in my constituency.

"These are the most serious of charges coming after a lengthy Garda investigation, which will be heard and decided in court.

Close

"Justice must take its course and those found guilty of violent crimes must be taken off our streets."

Dowdall (43) formerly of the Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, was remanded in custody after the brief appearance.

The court heard he was currently detained at Wheatfield Prison and will appear before the court again on June 14.

He is the fourth person charged in relation to the murder of David Byrne, who was considered a close associate of the Kinahan cartel.

Last week three other men appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged in relation to the Regency Hotel murder investigation.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Privacy