Ex-councillor Kelly battles for life

Former Limerick city councillor Michael Kelly is fighting for his life in hospital tonight after a shooting left a bullet lodged in his brain.

Former Limerick city councillor Michael Kelly is fighting for his life in hospital tonight after a shooting left a bullet lodged in his brain.

Mr Kelly was taken by ambulance from Limerick’s Regional Hospital to the head injuries unit in Cork this afternoon.

A source confirmed Mr Kelly was left with a bullet in his brain after a shooting incident at around 8.30am at a house in Lilac Court in the Southill area of Limerick city.

Mr Kelly, who resigned his seat in 2002, was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital by ambulance shortly after 9am.

Garda Inspector Gerry McNamara of Roxborough Road station said a team of detectives from Dublin was assisting his officers in seeking those responsible for the shooting.

Mr McNamara said the scene had been preserved and a technical examination was being carried out by the forensic team.

A spokesman for the Cork hospital confirmed Mr Kelly, who is in his late 40s, was in a critical condition due to head injuries.

The attack is the second time Mr Kelly has been shot.

He received pellet wounds to his stomach after shots were fired as he opened the door of his home in February 2002.

Mr Kelly was a high-profile council member for three years.

During his spell in council he had been vocal on matters relating to Southill and other communities, bringing up litter and housing conditions.

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