He’s the top lawyer who was questioned last night about a dog breeder’s horror shooting.
Keith Conlon, 36, was shot in the head while hunting rabbits on rural farmland.
Cops believe he was hit seconds after his lurcher was shot in Tallaght, Dublin on Tuesday.
Last night the father of four was believed to be in a coma.
The Irish Sun can reveal lead barrister Diarmuid Rossa Phelan, in his 50s, is being questioned in connection with the shooting.
He is a Fellow of Trinity College and of the Institute of European Law. He is also a member of Trinity’s Board of Trustees and served as the institution’s Scholars Chair until 2018.
We understand that Phelan has raised concerns about trespassers on his property with cops in recent weeks.
This has prompted him to erect more signs since the start of the year warning people not to approach his property.
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However, it is not yet clear if Keith was on Phelan land at the time of the shooting. A source said: “The shooting is believed to have been completely accidental.”
We can also reveal that the main legal eagle had many gun licenses for various weapons at his home in Tallaght.
As the Garda investigation continued last night, the victim’s family paid tribute to Keith, nicknamed Bono.
Anguished relatives and friends were supporting his partner, Janet Delaney, and their four children Jamie, 19, Chloe, 17, Elaigh, six, and baby Everleigh, two months old.
A source told the Irish Sun that Keith is not expected to recover and his organs will be donated.
Grieving sister Caitiee Conlon said: ‘Keith loves you forever and forever my brother. I will never forget you. Please watch out for Mom, Jenty and your four babies. I love you so much big brother, not able.
STRUCK WITH DEVASTATION
Heartbroken friends called the family’s home in the Kiltalown area of Tallaght yesterday.
One said: “I just can’t understand. To say Kiltalow was devastated is an understatement.
Gardai – who isn’t looking for anyone else during the shooting – tries to put together a timeline of the events leading up to the incident.
They are also prepared to interview two other men who were with Keith when he was shot.
One theory is that Keith may have been hit by mistake when Phelan fired warning shots after noticing his dog on his land. The lawyer can be detained for two additional days before being released without charge or brought before the court.
Phelan could be hit with a reckless discharge from a firearm or more serious charges.
A source told the Irish Sun: “He is the last person you would expect to be involved in something like this. This is a very particular incident that led to very tragic circumstances.
The case is being handled by officers from Tallaght Garda station.
The Garda National Technical Office was also continuing to search for the property yesterday. A firearm is also examined.