'Crime summit' interrupted by passing gardai
THREE notorious criminals fled in different directions when gardai stumbled upon a crime summit they were holding outside a cafe in Dublin's Smithfield area, the Herald can reveal.
The bizarre incident unfolded during a meeting between veteran hoods Sean 'Fixer' Fitzgerald (68), his pal former soldier James Walsh (64) and a 43-year-old former gangland figure who was previously a major target for the Criminal Assets Bureau as well as a young man who is closely linked to Walsh.
A source told the Herald: "These individuals were engrossed in their meeting but then they saw gardai approaching them, they just jumped up and ran away in all different directions.
"Gardai gave chase and they were all caught quickly enough and searched.
Three of the fellas were let go but 'Fixer' Fitzgerald was brought to the Bridewell Garda Station for a further search but nothing was found on him.
"Walsh and 'Fixer' were none too pleased to be noticed by the officers but gardai had to act when they reacted like that to seeing them. Officers have not established what the meeting was about but it is unlikely to have been a chat about the World Cup."
Despite his age, 'Fixer' is believed to be still involved with major criminals and was officially warned by detectives last March about a threat on his life.
It is believed that the threat concerns his perceived friendship with exiled gangster John Gilligan who fled Ireland in March after two attempts on his life.
'Fixer' of Dunmore Park, Tallaght, who was also friendly with slain crimelord Martin 'The General 'Cahill was jailed for five years in July, 2003, for handling a stolen sports car and setting parts of it on fire.
Fitzgerald and a young accomplice set fire to a Mitsubishi sports car that had been reported stolen in 1999.
During his trial, his close pal James Walsh attempted to 'nobble' a juror and the former army man from Churchtown, south Dublin, was jailed for four years in July, 2005, for attempting by corrupt means to influence the jury foreman in 'Fixer' Fitzgerald's case.
Then in March, 2007, Walsh was cleared of charges of threatening to kill journalist Paul Williams during an alleged incident that happened in 2003.
It is understood that Walsh is now mostly based in Spain but was back in Dublin to meet his old pal 'Fixer' and the former gangster when the strange incident unfolded in Smithfield on Tuesday evening.
The former gangster is extremely well known to gardai and is a convicted fraudster who was cleared of stealing a car in 2012 but three years earlier was convicted of possession of a samurai sword.
In April of last year, he was the victim of a daylight claw hammer attack at a busy filling station in Glasnevin by rival criminals. He survived an assasiantion attempt in March, 2002.
In March, 2009, CAB seized over €100,000 in cash in an operation that focused on him and his associates.