Tuesday 26 March 2019

Cartel debt collector who pocketed drugs cash was shot dead as he sat in car

Gardai at the scene on Church Avenue, Drumcondra, where Paul Kavanagh was killed
Gardai at the scene on Church Avenue, Drumcondra, where Paul Kavanagh was killed
Paul Kavanagh

A Kinahan cartel enforcer was gunned down by two hitmen after they rammed his car as he sat in it, an inquest heard yesterday.

The Herald previously revealed that Paul Kavanagh was shot dead because he was pocketing money he was collecting from a notorious Drimnagh drug dealer, who was gradually repaying a debt of more than €1m to the Kinahan cartel.

After Kavanagh's murder, it emerged that his fate was sealed after the Drimnagh trafficker was summoned to a meeting with senior members of the cartel.

"The Drimnagh dealer owes well over €1m to the cartel and he has been paying back sums of €10,000 or €20,000 on a monthly basis," a source said.

"The problem is that they were not getting this cash.

"The dealer was called to a meeting where they might well have killed him.

"Instead, he explained that he had been paying back the money and had been handing envelopes of cash to Paul Kavanagh for the previous several months.

"The gang did not believe him, but then he produced a mobile phone and showed text messages that proved he had been giving cash to Kavanagh."

Kavanagh (27), of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, was shot and killed after the car he was driving was rear-ended at Church Avenue, Drumcondra.

Two men got out of the car and began shooting at Kavanagh as he sat in a Volkswagen Passat.


The gunmen then fled the scene in a car that was later found torched nearby.

The incident happened at around 11.30am on March 26, 2015.

An inquest into the death of the father-of-two first opened in June of that year.

Gardai investigated the incident, but no file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

At Dublin Coroner's Court, Insp Eddie Carroll applied for a hearing date for a full inquest exploring the circumstances of Kavanagh's death.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest and gave a hearing date of next November 7.

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