Two Dublin men have been found guilty of the murder of a dissident republican.
Peter Butterly was shot dead in the car park of a pub four years ago in a murder described as callous, brutal and pre-mediated.
The court heard the 35 year old was ambushed and shot a number of times outside the Huntsman nn in Gormanstown in Meath on the afternoon of March the 6th 2013.
35 year old Edward McGrath of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield in Tallaght and 47 year old Sharif Kelly of Pinewood Green Road in Ballbriggan were arrested close to the scene minutes after the shooting.
They denied murder with Kelly telling gardai he had been feeding his daughter’s horse that afternoon.
He also claimed the reason there was a cover on his car’s back seat was to protect it from hay.
The men went on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.
Edward McGrath was found to be the driver of the car that carried the gunman to the Huntsman Inn in Gormanston.
The court was satisfied his co-accused Sharif Kelly was the driver of a second getaway car.
The suspected gunman didn't show up for the trial and is still on the run.
A self-confessed accomplice turned ‘supergrass’ gave evidence against Kelly and McGrath.
He's now in the State’s Witness Protection Programme and he has now been moved abroad.
A massive security operation was in place in the courts during his evidence .