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Thursday 29 September 2016

Cartel links to photo, motor and beauty businesses

Greg Lynch
Greg Lynch

A photography company and several motoring stores are among the various businesses being run by associates of the Kinahan cartel.

A number of gangland criminals with close links to the organised crime gang have been running the businesses - based in the capital - over the last number of years.

Company records obtained by the Herald show that convicted drug trafficker Greg Lynch (31) is the registered director of at least two motor companies.

LF Car Sales Ltd was registered in December 2014, while another business, which is described as operating in the sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles, was registered in October 2013.

The registered business address of both companies was recently raided by gardai as part of an operation targeting the Kinahan cartel, with €40,000 in cash seized.

Separately, another suspect who is also associated with members of the Kinahan cartel is the registered director of a photography company in the capital. The business was registered last year and caters for various events - including weddings and birthday parties.

Enforcer

Another Kinahan enforcer previously ran a beauty salon in the capital.

This business was registered in 2010, but was dissolved in early 2014. Records described the company as having specialised in hair and several other beauty treatments. The cartel associate listed as a director of the now-dissolved company was previously arrested for the 2010 murder of Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

The Herald previously revealed how two former associates - who are currently on opposite sides of the Hutch and Kinahan feud - are registered as directors of a separate beauty salon.

The arrangement between the rivals shows how interlinked the gangsters involved in the feud are.

Both men are suspected of involvement in the April 2010 murder in Cabra of Dunne (34) on behalf of the Kinahan cartel, and were arrested in relation to the shooting.

They were close associates of slain Gary Hutch, but after he was murdered in Spain last year, one of the criminals became a sworn enemy of the cartel, while the other remained loyal. Also targeted in previous raids was a pub that gardai believe is used as a front for the Kinahan mob.

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