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Monday 18 December 2017

Gangster who skipped jail hides in Spain

DANGEROUS criminal and convicted drug dealer Jeffrey Finnegan is hiding out in Spain -- 10 months after he absconded from prison.

Finnegan (30), who was an associate of murdered gangland 'hardman' John Daly, has been a fugitive since last Christmas.

He absconded after being allowed out on temporary release from Shelton Abbey open prison in Wicklow.

Finnegan of Rathvilly Drive, Finglas, had been transferred to the low security site from Mountjoy and then granted temporary release.

He was serving a five-year sentence for unlawful use of a stolen car and dangerous driving. He has 47 previous convictions for offences including assault causing harm. The criminal was a good pal of Daly, who was shot dead three years ago shortly after his release from prison.

Finnegan himself survived an assassination attempt, in December 2006, outside a house in Cabra, after sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck and back.

A probation report from 2008 revealed drug user Finnegan was at high risk of reoffending, but had made attempts to rehabilitate himself.

"Finnegan is still UAL (unlawfully at large) but gardai are concentrating a lot of resources on tracking him down," a source told the Herald. "We believe he is hiding out in Spain."

In March 2006, he was one of three men arrested and questioned over the murder of Donna Cleary, who died after shots were fired indiscriminately into a house at Adare Green in Coolock.

Finnegan was also arrested in relation to the murder of mother-of-two Baiba Saulite in 2006.

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