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Saturday 19 January 2019

Gardai on alert as gangland mourns at Hatchet's funeral

GUNNED DOWN: Ger Kavanagh
GUNNED DOWN: Ger Kavanagh

Gardai have received information that the funeral of gangland figure Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh will take place in Drimnagh on Monday morning.

A special policing plan will now be put into place for the service which is expected to be attended by a number of major gangland figures.

Sources say that 'Hatchet's' funeral will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 11.30am on Monday and that he will be buried afterwards at Palmerstown Cemetery.

Costa-Del-Sol

It is expected that friends and family of the gangster, who was murdered in Spain's Costa-Del-Sol 12 days ago, will socialise after the event at a boxing club in the capital's Rialto area.

It is understood that Kavanagh's body is due to be flown back to Dublin at the weekend.

Meanwhile, gardai are attempting to build a major case against one of Kavanagh's closest associates who is a notorious Tallaght-based crime figure.

Kavanagh was shot nine times with a machine pistol by two masked men just before 5pm local time on Saturday, September 6 as he sipped a beer at Harmon's Irish bar in Elviria.

Detectives have recovered a mobile phone believed to belong to the notorious gangster and are working through the numbers on it to see who called him before he met his violent death, with sources here satisfied that Kavanagh was "set-up".

Kavanagh (44) is said to have been "hated" in Dublin and police in Spain are awaiting the names of people who might have had a hand in his shooting outside a pub on September 6.

Debt

The slain Dublin gangster, jailed for four years in 1996 when he was 25 for dealing heroin in the Crumlin area, is said to have been back in Ireland recently trying to recover a €1.5m debt from crime figure Christopher 'Git' Russell.

Gardai have already told Spanish detectives that Russell, who has been a target of the Criminal Assets Bureau for years, was among a string of criminals Kavanagh had upset, it has been reported.

When Kavanagh was busted in 1994, he was nabbed with the equivalent of around €4,500 of heroin and cannabis in a sting in Brickfield Park, Drimnagh.

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