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Aaron Brady’s father, Tony, a respected member of the GAA, arrives at Mountjoy

Aaron Brady’s father, Tony, a respected member of the GAA, arrives at Mountjoy

Aaron Brady wearing a Crossmaglen Rangers GAA jersey, while in the US

Aaron Brady wearing a Crossmaglen Rangers GAA jersey, while in the US

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Aaron Brady’s father, Tony, a respected member of the GAA, arrives at Mountjoy

Garda killer Aaron Brady has been allowed his first prison visit since being convicted of the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last week.

Our exclusive pictures show devoted dad Tony Brady, a former chairman of Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club, arriving at Mountjoy Prison at 10.26am on Friday to visit his killer son.

Looking tired and drawn, Tony entered through the main prison gates before being subjected to a routine search.

He was then taken to the visitors’ hut where his 29-year-old son, who has been given the prison number 74326, sat waiting to greet him from behind a Covid-19 protective perspex screen.

Distrust

Brady had been given the option of two ‘virtual’ video-link visits instead of a 15 minute physical meeting, but such is his distrust of authorities and fear of being listened in on, he opted for the latter with his father.

Despite being convicted on the basis of overwhelming circumstantial evidence, including witness accounts of admissions of guilt he made in the US, the caged killer is still insisting on his innocence to family members.

It had been nine days since Brady hung his head in the Central Criminal Court as a jury returned an 11-1 majority verdict of guilty on the charge of capital murder.

This means Brady will, bar the highly unlikely scenario of a successful appeal, receive a minimum 40 years jail term when he returns to the court for sentencing in October.

Since being convicted of what is arguably the most serious offence in the Irish statute book, Brady has been housed in isolation in the base area of Mountjoy’s D-wing.

D-wing is home to the remaining Cartel inmates, following a clear-out to Portlaoise Prison in the wake of an alleged ‘coup attempt’ by Kinahan-aligned thugs earlier in the summer.

Authorities in the prison are understood to be aware of orders from dissident Republican figures, including some housed in Portlaoise, that Brady is ‘not to be touched’.

Sources say they are aware of reports that dissident Republicans have contacted inmates connected with the Kinahan Cartel and have arranged for Brady to be ‘protected’.

The most senior Kinahan-aligned inmate in Mountjoy since the clear-out is Jonathan Keogh (34). He is serving a life sentence for the murder of Gareth Hutch, who he gunned down as he got into his car outside Avondale House Flats in Dublin’s north inner city on May 24, 2016.

Despite Brady being housed in isolation since his conviction, dissident Republicans – who have close ties to the gang who carried out the Lordship Credit Union raid – are said to be concerned he could be targeted while exercising in the yard.

They are also understood to be worried that Brady could mouth off about fellow gang members involved in the raid.

Prior to Friday’s visit, Brady has had no contact with family members or wife Danielle Healy.

Worried

Described as a ‘practised liar’ in court, Brady is understood to be continuing to deny to his family that he killed Det. Gda. Donohoe – despite his trial hearing he continually boasted of the murder to third parties after fleeing to the US.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that since being convicted of capital murder, the formerly cocky Brady has retreated into himself and appears to be struggling to deal with the enormity of the sentence now ahead of him.

He will be 69 years old before his minimum 40-year sentence demanded by statute expires.

“It’s an enormous thing for any inmate to come to terms with,” a well-placed source told the Sunday World.

“We see lifers coming in fresh breaking down at the thought of doing 20 years.

“And that’s only half what this yolk is facing.

“Add to that the fact he’s in here for killing a garda.

“He has a lonely stretch ahead of him and he’ll get no favours from the jailers watching him.”

Despite Brady’s desperate claims to have been laundering diesel on the night Det Gda Donohoe was murdered, his repeated confessions of guilt to third parties including Daniel Cahill and Molly Staunton led to his conviction.

Last week, speaking by telephone with the Sunday World from New York, key witness Daniel Cahill told said of his testimony that he was ‘just glad that Caroline (Adrian’s) wife and his family got the justice they deserved.”

Despite Brady managing to convince family members of his innocence, his lies have cut no ice with the widow of Det Gda Donohoe.

In her first interview since Brady’s conviction, Caroline said: “I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail, that he will pay for what he did.”

Speaking of the trial, she said: “It was really heart-breaking on some days, some days were really, really difficult, but I owed it to myself, my children and Adrian. It’s all I could do for him.

“Part of my life died that night, part of who I was.

“I became Adrian’s widow – I hate that word, I’m his wife. I lost who I was, people see me differently.

Healer

“Before that I was always Caroline Deloughrey, I was a garda. That’s all I ever wanted to be.”

She continued, adding that Adrian was “the love of my life.

“I’m still trying to pick up the pieces.

“People say time is a great healer but it doesn’t change the pain I feel every day. I will love him to the day I die and no one else.”

At 10.59am on Friday, Tony Brady exited Mountjoy Prison – exactly 33 minutes after entering the front gates.

He had been allowed not a second more than the allotted 15 minutes in the visitor box with his boy.

There had been a lot to go over for the pair in that short, short space of time.