Football star's thug brother is new no1 target for Hutch gang
The brother of an Irish international footballer has become the number one target in Dublin's deadly feud.
The thug, who is understood to be working for the Kinahan cartel, is suspected of carrying out a series of attacks on cars belonging to the Hutch family.
He is believed to have carried out last month's acid attack on a car belonging to the innocent 28-year-old daughter of Kinahan cartel target Patsy Hutch.
The incident took place in the car park of St Laurence O'Toole's School in Seville Place in the capital.
The attacker approached the car on a bicycle and poured acid over it. No one was injured in the incident.
It is understood that a senior member of the Hutch gang issued a chilling threat to the drug dealer, who is in his 20s, soon after the attack.
It was just one of a recent series of attacks on cars connected to the Hutch family. Some, belonging to innocent women, have been torched.
The soccer star's brother is also suspected of torching a car owned by the mother of Eddie Staunton (25) in the Glasnevin area.
Staunton, a cousin of Gary Hutch, was run over and shot in the groin and stomach on James Joyce Street in the capital's north inner city on March 26.
"This guy may be related to a famous Irish footballer but he is now firmly in the sights of the Hutch gang," said a source.
"There are grave threats against him. He has been causing a lot of problems in the last few years."
The attacks on the cars led to a huge increase in tensions between the two gangs and the murder of Michael Keogh, the 12th in the feud. He was shot dead in an underground car park in the Dorset Street area on Wednesday last week.
A massive garda operation is expected to be put in place for his funeral on Monday.
Meanwhile, tensions remain extremely high in the capital.
The Herald has learned that the footballer's brother had a "lucky escape" earlier this week.
It has emerged that close associates of Gareth Molloy (28), who was shot dead by gardai in 2009, were "looking for him" on Wednesday and planned to give the up-and-coming criminal a severe beating.
However, the thug was made aware of the threat against him and fled the scene before his would-be attackers caught him.
Molloy's associates are closely aligned to the Hutch faction who have decided to target the street dealer because they blame him for working for the Kinahan cartel.
The Herald previously revealed that the footballer's brother was suspected of luring Eddie Staunton to a botched murder attempt in March.
Gardai have been investigating if the younger brother of the footballer was involved in luring Mr Staunton to the shocking incident.
Mr Staunton was shot twice as he was being given first aid after a hit-and-run incident.
An older relative, aged in his 30s, previously had close links to the Kinahan's and was involved in laundering money for the international crime gang. This shooting was linked to a "deal that went wrong" involving a close pal of Mr Staunton.
This pal is suspected of flooding the north inner city with prescription pills.
Mr Staunton is not involved in crime or the deadly gangland feud between some of his associates and the Kinahan cartel. Four shots were fired at Mr Staunton from a small .22 handgun by the driver of the car who had rammed the victim off the road. He was hit in the groin and leg.