Three men charged over fatal shooting of dissident leader

Three men appeared before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court over the weekend charged in connection with the fatal shooting of dissident republican Peter Butterly in Co Meath.

Mr Butterly was shot dead in the car park of The Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on Wednesday.

The three men are Edward McGrath, aged 31, of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24; Dean Evans, aged 22, of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, Dublin; and David Cullen, aged 28, of Brackenwood Ave, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath were each charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life at the car park of The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath, on Mar 6.

They were also each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, on Mar 6, 2013.

Mr Cullen was charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol at Gormanston, Co Meath, on Mar 6.

Det Garda Kieran Regan of the Special Detective Unit gave evidence of arresting Mr Cullen at Harry Reynolds Rd, Balbriggan, on Saturday.

Det Sgt Liam Archbold, of the SDU, gave evidence of arresting Mr Evans at Ballymun Rd.

Det Sgt Oliver Flaherty, also of the SDU, gave evidence of arresting Mr McGrath at Ballymun Rd under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The court remanded all three in custody until Thursday.


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