Former Sinn Féin Councillor Dowdall Pleads Guilty To Facilitating Regency Murder

Jonathan Dowdall

A former Sinn Fein Councillor has pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of David Byrne at the infamous Regency Hotel shooting in Dublin on February 5th, 2016.

44-year-old Jonathan Dowdall, of Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 entered his plea before the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Byrne was shot dead at a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel on Dublin’s northside on the 5th of February 2016.

The murder escalated the Hutch-Kinahan feud in Dublin’s North Inner City. This morning, former Councillor Dowdall pleaded guilty to facilitating the killing of Mr Byrne.

After the attack, security camera recordings suggested that six people had been involved, including a man disguised as a woman.

The attackers escaped in a Ford Transit van which was later found burnt-out.

Mr Dowdall was due to go on trial on Monday next for murder, alongside 58-year-old Gerry Hutch who is also charged with murder.

Two other men are due to stand trial before the Special Criminal Court. Mr.  Dowdall’s plea means he will be sentenced on Monday, October 3rd.