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Net tightens on cash-in-transit gang boss 'Fishy'

THE net is closing in on a notorious gang leader -- nicknamed 'Fishy' -- whose crew is linked to a spate of cash-in-transit robberies in Dublin's northside, the Herald can reveal.

Gardai are investigating if its latest 'job' was an armed robbery at the Superquinn in Ashtown, west Dublin, at about 7am yesterday.

Staff were threatened by a gang member brandishing a shotgun as they opened the supermarket. It is understood "a substantial four-figure sum" in coins was stolen.

Fishy's crew is also "being looked at" for a €50,000 robbery at a Finglas post office on Wednesday last week.

A source said: "This gang has been the target of the gardai's Operation Delivery for many months now: it may not be that long before they are taken out of circulation."

The gang is not suspected of two early-morning robberies this week of a shop and a service station in the Hollystown and The Ward areas of Dublin 15, in which small sums of cash were stolen.

These incidents occurred at 6.15am and 6.25am on Tuesday. In The Ward incident, a wheelbrace and a golf club were used to threaten staff, while 10 minutes later, in the Hollystown incident, a screwdriver and a pool cue were used by the two-man gang.

The Finglas mob -- which is connected to jailed gangland figure Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley and murdered hitman Daniel Gaynor -- is based in the Glenties and Berryfield areas of the north Dublin suburb.

The gang was involved in a botched robbery on April 17 in which gardai recovered a cash box containing €50,000 at Virginia Drive in Finglas.

A security worker was carrying a cash box to an ATM at the Superquinn supermarket at McKee Avenue when an unarmed man in a balaclava grabbed the box from him and fled on foot.

A suspect was observed jumping through gardens in the Virginia Drive estate. Gardai located the cash box nearby.

The same gang is the chief suspect for a cash-in-transit robbery of €11,000 in cash and €35,000 in cheques in Finglas in early January.

kfoy@herald.ie