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Monday 23 October 2017

Second garda bust on Hutch mob as tensions flare

Gardai at the scene of the murder of Michael Keogh
Gardai at the scene of the murder of Michael Keogh

Armed gardai investigating the murder of Michael Keogh in the Hutch-Kinahan feud have raided a home linked to a suspect in the slaying of Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy.

It comes as tensions remain high on Dublin's northside, amid reports that a key Kinahan gang member has been the target of menacing graffiti around Sheriff Street.

Thursday's raid at the home of the Devoy suspect, who is in his mid-20s, happened around the time a property linked to an armed robber was searched in a separate operation by officers probing the Keogh murder.

No arrests were made in either raid. It is understood the Devoy suspect was not at home.

According to sources, he is understood to have links to both the Hutch and Kinahan factions and is suspected of "acting as a gun-for-hire" in the past.

The massive garda inquiry into Keogh's murder is continuing.

Detectives are also trying to keep a lid on the tensions, with at least two new graffiti cases in the inner city of threats to men linked to the cartel, saying they will be the next targets.

The Devoy suspect has been arrested twice by Tallaght gardai investigating the 2014 murder of 'Mad Mickey' (41), whose body was found riddled with bullets on the roadside at Bohernabreena, Co Dublin, on January 18 that year, soon after his release from Portlaoise Prison.

Graffiti

A senior source told the Herald: "This 'gun for hire' is a heavy hitter and has close links to a number of gangs, including both feuding factions.

"He is involved in extortion, debt collection and is associated with Provos in the north inner city."

Father-of-two Mr Keogh had just started a job in the construction industry.

He was said to have links to the so-called New INLA faction who have aligned themselves with the Kinahans.

Gardai believe the Hutch gang were keeping tabs on him through Facebook prior to the murder.

It is suspected that Mr Keogh was killed because one of his closest associates was involved in the feud murder of Gareth Hutch on May 24 last year.

Mr Keogh was shot dead in an underground car park on Wednesday morning.

A stolen getaway car was found burnt out with a handgun and silencer inside.

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