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Friday 15 December 2017

Cartel target is hiding out in caravan and in 'grave fear for his life'

Gardai foiled this attempted hit on an associate of Noel‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan
Gardai foiled this attempted hit on an associate of Noel‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan

A prime target for the deadly Kinahan cartel, who was lucky to survive a recent assassination attempt in the capital, has fled from his west Dublin home and is now hiding out in a caravan.

The 24-year-old criminal is a very close associate of slain Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan, who was shot dead last December.

Kirwan's close associate was not injured in the murder bid earlier this month but is considered "extremely lucky" to be alive.

The target, who is originally from north Dublin, was given security advice by officers in the aftermath of the shocking incident. They also formally warned him of an active threat against his life.

Isolated

Just days after this he fled a property in the Blanchardstown area and is now hiding out in a caravan controlled by one of the east coast's most dangerous criminals, who is currently serving a jail sentence for serious offences.

"He has ran to this fella before for help and he is back with him now. He feels extremely isolated and is in grave fear for his life. He does not feel safe," a source said last night.

One theory being examined is that the 24-year-old became a target for the cartel after he was accused of "trying to seek revenge" for the murder of Kirwan (62) last December.

"Even after this month's incident, it is understood that the target is continuing to mouth off and seek information about it," a source said.

The 24-year-old was very close to Kirwan, who was murdered by the cartel because of his friendship with its number one target Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

The intended target cannot be named here for legal reasons, as he is facing serious firearms-related charges before the courts after he was arrested by the Garda Special Detective Unit (SDU) last November in north Dublin.

Less than two months after that, Kirwan was shot dead, and the 24-year-old was said to be "extremely distraught and angry" over this murder.

Threat

"The cartel saw him as a threat and that is why they decided to target him," a source said.

The criminal was spotted with other mobsters at Kirwan's funeral and, in the weeks after the murder, gardai warned him of an active threat against his life.

The intended target is considered "extremely volatile" and a property linked to the young man was attacked twice in the summer of 2016, when windows were smashed in.

However, he was not in the north Dublin house at the time of the incident, which was blamed on junior members of the cartel.

Last Thursday, it emerged that a 25-year-old man who is accused of the murder of Kirwan in Dublin "is fully contesting the charge".

Jason Keating, of Lower Main Street, Rush, has been re-sent forward for trial to the Special Criminal Court and is charged of the murder of Kirwan.

A book of evidence has been served on him by gardai.

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