The leader of the so-called New IRA in Dublin was today jailed for life for the murder of another dissident republican almost six years ago.

Kevin Braney, 44, of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24, was found guilty by the Special Criminal Court last Monday of the "premeditated" murder of 35-year-old Peter Butterly.

Mr Butterly was chased and shot outside The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath in view of students waiting for their school bus on the afternoon of 6 March 2013 in what the three-judge court said was not "a spontaneous act".

The father-of-three died from gunshot wounds to his neck and upper back.

Braney had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Butterly.

Delivering judgment last Monday at the non-jury court following an 11-week trial, which ended in December, Mr Justice Paul Coffey, presiding, said the court was driven "irresistibly" to the conclusion that Braney was involved in the organisation and planning of Mr Butterly's murder beyond a reasonable doubt.

In his opening address on 4 October last, prosecuting counsel Paul O'Higgins SC told the court that Braney "is said in effect to have been the man who gave the orders ... and is shown to have had an extensive involvement".

In 2018, Braney was sentenced to four years after he was found guilty of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

He had threatened an accident victim saying he was in the IRA and would shoot him if he did not withdraw a claim against a former employer.

Braney had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on 2 August 2 2017.