Gangland thug Wayne Bradley is due to be released from high-security Portlaoise Prison today after spending almost four years behind bars.
The 36-year-old Finglas criminal will be closely monitored by armed officers, who will also play a role in protecting him after he became involved in a number of disputes in jail.
Bradley this morning completed his five-year sentence for his role as a "look out" in a botched €900,000 cash-in-transit robbery during which he and his cronies were caught red-handed by armed gardai.
Sources say that a number of threats have been made to the Finglas criminal from rival gangsters and he "would be best advised to keep his head down" in the coming weeks.
Last December, Bradley endured a savage beating in Mountjoy Prison, which meant he was hospitalised for almost two weeks over Christmas.
Jamie Griffin (21), from the Iveagh Trust flats in Dublin's south inner city, and his equally violent brother Leon (26) were the main protagonists in a savage assault on Bradley in an exercise yard in Mountjoy Prison on the afternoon of December 22 last.
The two brothers were disciplined by prison bosses after the attack that led to Finglas mobster Bradley being moved to Ireland's highest security prison in Portloaise for his own protection after he was eventually discharged from the Mater Hospital in mid January.
The brothers were also involved in a separate attack on gangland criminal Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch in Mountjoy last month.
The beating inflicted on Bradley led to fears of a gangland bloodbath between the two factions, but there have not been any major incidents since the brutal assault.
However, gardai are on alert that a feud may kick off now that Bradley is free.
Bradley has served most of the final year of his sentence in Portlaoise Prison with his older brother Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley (41).
He and his brother 'Fatpuss' tried to carry out a raid on a cash-in-transit van carrying almost €900,000 in 2007 under the direction of slain gangster Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.
However gardai were lying in wait at the Tesco Store at Celbridge, Co Kildare and the keys the gang had to open the van did not work.