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Sunday 4 December 2016

Feared Hutch mob gangster putting pressure on pals to give up Sherrif Street hitman

Target Keith Murtagh (32)
Target Keith Murtagh (32)

A 29-year-old gangster who turned his back on the Kinahan cartel after the murder of Gary Hutch has been demanding fellow criminals "give up" the suspected gunman in last week's botched murder.

The criminal was a close associate of Gary Hutch, who was murdered last year.

The feared northsider is a key member of the Hutch mob and sources said that he is desperate to avenge the reckless shooting in which intended target Keith Murtagh (32) escaped unharmed.

The attack led to the murder of innocent man Martin O'Rourke.

"He has been calling up and leaning on individuals who are connected to the suspected killer.

"He wants these fellas to give up the location of where this individual is hiding out," a source said.

The gangster, who is believed to be hunting for the killer, is himself one of the rival cartel's biggest targets in the feud that has now claimed five lives.

The suspected gunman for Thursday's atrocity on Sheriff Street was arrested twice by Tallaght gardai investigating the cartel-sanctioned slaying of Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy in January 2014.

He was also "very friendly" with many players in the Hutch mob before last week's shocking events.

Warned

The Hutch mob gangster, who is now gunning for last week's hitman, had his home raided in late February by gardai investigating the Regency Hotel attack.

It is understood he warned detectives that the feud would not be over until Daniel Kinahan was killed.

"We will not rest until Daniel Kinahan is dead. He caused all of this, it won't end until he is in his grave," he said.

This notorious north inner city criminal is a feared hitman suspected of carrying out the murders of Paul Kavanagh last year and Eamon 'The Don' Dunne in 2010 on behalf of the Christy Kinahan cartel.

However, in the aftermath of Gary Hutch's murder, sources revealed the hitman refused to attend a number of meetings that the cartel attempted to organise because he was "disgusted and heartbroken" about what happened to his friend.

Last month, it emerged he was lucky to survive after one of his associates tried to set him up just weeks before the Regency hotel bloodbath.

Sources revealed that the gangster managed to flee a north-Dublin car park after another criminal who he had trusted and worked with for years set up a bogus meeting.

No shots were fired in the apparent murder attempt because the intended target got "spooked and fled the scene".

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