Former Shinner Councillor Dowdall Charged With Regency Murder of David Byrne

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Jonathan Dowdall

The former Sinn Féin local councillor Jonathan Dowdall has been charged with the murder of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Dublin five years ago.

Mr. Dowdall, with an address on the Navan Road in Dublin, was brought before the Special Criminal Court this morning, charged with murder.

David Byrne was shot dead when five men, some of whom were disguised as armed gardaí, stormed a weigh-in for a boxing event at the Regency Hotel on Feb 5th 2016.

The DPP has directed that the former Sinn Féin Councillor be tried before the non-jury court.

Mr Dowdall’s barrister said they will reserve their position on whether to challenge that decision.

His father, Patrick Dowdall, appeared before the same court last week charged with helping a criminal organisation to carry out the murder by making a room at the Regency available to the organisation the day before.

Jonathan Dowdall was remanded in custody today. He’s due back in court in June.