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Sinn Fein ‘shocked’ by Jonathan Dowdall’s gangland crimes as he was ‘person of good standing’ when he joined

“Had we known that he was involved in any form of criminality […] he wouldn’t have been anywhere near Sinn Féin.”

  • 10:57, 5 NOV 2022 UP DATED BY FRED BASSETT 11th NOVEMBER 2022
Sinn Fein "shocked" by Jonathan Dowdall's gangland crimes as he was "person of good standing" when he joined
Sinn Fein “shocked” by Jonathan Dowdall’s gangland crimes as he was “person of good standing” when he joined (Image: Collins)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said that convicted criminal Johnathan Dowdall would not have been “anywhere near her” if she had known of his gangland links.

However, she noted that he was a “person of good standing” when he was in the party.

Mr. Dowdal was sentenced to four years in jail for his part in the Regency Hotel shooting in 2016 in October.

Dowdall (44) admitted that he assisted a criminal gang to commit the murder of David Byrne.

He previously served as a Sinn Féin councillor.

Speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis in Dublin on Saturday, the party President said that the party was not aware of his gangland links.

She said that she was “shocked” to hear of his crimes as he was once “a person of very good standing in the north inner city of Dublin”.

Sinn Fein "shocked" by Jonathan Dowdall's gangland crimes as he was "person of good standing" when he joined
Jonathan Dowdall leaving the special criminal court in Dublin with father Patrick Dowdall (Image: Collins)

Ms. McDonald said: “Had we known that he was involved in any form of criminality, and I have to say I was profoundly shocked, as were many, many others to discover his criminal activity, he wouldn’t have been anywhere near Sinn Féin.

“He wouldn’t have been anywhere near me or anybody else.

“The courts now are dealing with this matter. Anybody involved in criminality, gangland [should] would they face the full rigour… Throw the book at them, is what I say.

“I represent a constituency that has borne the brunt of criminality and gangland violence and thuggery.

“Certainly I am relieved [and] pleased to see the wheels of justice in motion.”

During the trial, several pictures of Dowdall posing with Ms. McDonald surfaced online.

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