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Frantic garda hunt for gang murder suspect

A manhunt was continuing last night for a dangerous criminal who gardai have been directed to charge with the gun murder of a gangster almost five years ago.

Sources say that the Finglas mobster is aware that gardai are hunting for him but so far detectives have not detained him, despite visiting a large number of addresses including the north Dublin apartment where he has been living.

All airports and ferry ports have been put on alert and the criminal's details have been circulated to customs officers and all garda stations.

BOOZY

Sources say that officers are aware that he was on a "major boozy session" on Friday night but have not got any more information on him since that time.

It is understood that the PSNI have also been given the criminal's details but it is suspected that he is "most likely" hiding-out in an offside house in the Dublin area.

Officers want to charge him with the murder of Graham McNally (34) who was shot dead and his body was then found in a ditch at the Coldwinters townsland on the old Dublin to Derry road on January, 20, 2009. He had been shot at least five times in the head.

The murder has been the subject of a massive investigation by gardai based at Finglas Garda Station and detectives at the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI).

The fugitive who gardai were frantically searching for last night, was previously arrested and questioned about the murder of Graham McNally and he was also questioned about the gun murder of Graham's younger brother Alan at the Cappagh Nua pub in Finglas on February 2, 2012.

He is also a suspect for the murder of gangster Paul 'Farmer' Martin who was shot dead at the Jolly Toper pub in Finglas in August, 2008.

The on-the-run thug, who is aged 30, was a close associate of slain crime boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and has previously been involved in attempted intimidation of gardai as well as low-level drug dealing.

The manhunt for the suspect continued after gardai arrested and brought charges against another Finglas man at the weekend in relation to the murder of Graham McNally.

Glen McGrath (44), with an address at McKelvey Avenue in Finglas, was brought before Dublin District Court on Saturday morning where he was charged with McNally's murder and remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

Caution

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Detective Sergeant Alan Brady who told the court that McGrath made no reply when the charge was put to him.

Murder victim Graham McNally was very well known to gardai and earlier this year the body of his tragic son Glen (20) was found in a canal near Bins Bridge, North Dublin.

The young man who was 15 when his father was killed had taken his own life.

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