A former Sinn Féin councillor has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to facilitating the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016.

Jonathan Dowdall, 44, with an address at Navan Road in Cabra, Dublin 9, pleaded guilty this morning to facilitating the murder of Mr Byrne by making a room at the hotel available for a criminal organisation or its members on 4 February 2016.

His father, Patrick Dowdall, also pleaded guilty to the same offence.

Both men will be sentenced on Monday morning.

Jonathan Dowdall was due to go on trial on Monday afternoon for the murder of Mr Byrne along with 58-year-old Gerard Hutch who is also charged with the murder.

Prosecuting counsel Sean Gillane said he would make an application to the court in relation to the murder charge against Mr Dowdall on Monday.

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Two other men, 59-year-old Paul Murphy and 50-year-old Jason Bonney are also due to stand trial on Monday charged with facilitating the murder by providing motor vehicles to the criminal organisation who carried it out.

David Byrne, who was 34, was shot dead at the Regency Hotel on Swords Road in Dublin on the evening of 5 February 2016 when a number of men entered the building during a boxing weigh-in.