The chief suspect in the horrific murder of Keane Mulready-Woods has been seen by gardai "strutting around" close to where the tragic teen's limbs were dumped.
Gardai are aware that the 35-year-old gangster spent a number of hours in the Darndale and Kilbarrack areas of the capital on Tuesday night in "a show of complete defiance".
"He was walking around without a care in the world - he called into a couple of his associates in the area," a senior source told the Herald.
"Then he was observed going into a local pub where it seemed he was looking for someone but he left very quickly.
"His presence in the area was quickly noted by some locals and passed on to gardai who have confirmed that he was there after studying CCTV."
The brazen hood has also been seen walking around Drogheda since the gangland murder of Keane (17) and was even spotted by gardai drinking in a local pub just hours after his Co Meath home was searched by armed officers.
Gardai do not yet have enough evidence to arrest the notorious Dublin criminal, and sources say he is "making a point" to his rivals that he is still "around and active".
"Yeah everyone is afraid of him. Sure, the reality is that gardai have been advised not to approach him unless they are armed," the source added.
"There is no doubt that he went to the Moatview area on Tuesday night just to make a point, but he needs to know that he has very few allies and gardai will be arresting him in due course."
Children found Keane's limbs dumped in a sports bag on a green in the Moatview area on the night of January 13.
The Herald previously revealed that the gruesome find at the junction of Moatview Gardens and Drive was made by a 16-year-old local boy shortly before 10pm.
Sources say the boy and his friend were lighting a fire on the green when he came across the bag.
Keane's severed head was recovered in a blazing stolen Volvo hatchback in Ballybough in the north inner city two days later.
However, gardai are continuing to search for the teenager's missing torso and appealing for information, with no indication yet of when his funeral may be held.
Tensions in Drogheda have eased, especially with the jailing of another main suspect in the case on other charges.
This week searches were continuing for Keane's torso in the Oldbridge area of Co Louth, close to the River Boyne - an area around four kilometres from the Drogheda house where it is believed that the 17-year-old was stabbed to death. However, nothing has yet been found.
Machetes from the Drogheda property have already been recovered and blood has been found in the floorboards.
These finds are being tested by specialist gardai as officers hold daily case conferences on the murder.