A former Sinn Féin councilor has been jailed for four years for helping a criminal gang murder David Byrne in a shootout at Dublin’s Regency Hotel.
Onathan Dowdall (44) was sentenced in Special Criminal Court today.
A criminal hearing is underway for his father Patrick Dowdall (56). Both men from Navan Road, Cabra had pleaded guilty to facilitating the gangland murder by providing a criminal organization with a room in the hotel.
Mr Byrne, 34, a father of two to Crumlin and a member of the Kinahan gang, was shot dead when gunmen stormed the hotel during a boxing weigh-in on February 5, 2016.
His murder sparked the ongoing feud between Kinahan and Hutch.
Patrick Dowdall had booked a room at the hotel for the gang, and father and son drove to hand over keys to criminals the day before the deadly attack.
Jonathan Dowdall was originally charged with murder but this was dropped by prosecutors after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offence.
He has since volunteered as a prosecution witness in the forthcoming trial of Gerard “The Monk” Hutch, charged with the murder of Mr Byrne.
Mr Hutch is due to appear in court tomorrow along with Paul Murphy, 59, and Jason Bonney, 50, who are accused of facilitating the murder by providing vehicles to the criminal gang.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/former-sinn-fein-councillor-jonathan-dowdall-jailed-for-four-years-for-part-in-regency-hotel-murder-42072297.html Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall jailed for four years for part in Regency Hotel murder