Notorious INLA killer Declan 'Whacker' Duffy is back in Dublin and is already attempting to extort cash from other criminals.
Gardai are carefully monitoring the situation after receiving numerous reports that 'Whacker' (41) is back in the capital after spending over a year in exile at a highly-fortified house in Armagh.
Senior sources have revealed that the notorious thug has been going around in a "new cash drive" with a younger INLA criminal, who is based in the Rathmines area.
Duffy has also been spotted in the south inner city and in Tallaght.
Gardai are anxious to speak to Duffy because they want to serve official forms on him, warning the gangster that there are multiple credible threats on his life. Sources say that the most serious of these may be coming from his own former dissident republican associates who now consider the violent hood to be a "garda tout".
Investigations have established that Duffy has been going around Dublin without the back-up of his close pal Anthony 'Fanta' Gorman (43), who remains based in rural Co Cavan.
Before he fled to Armagh in August of last year, 'Whacker' had been living in Dublin since his release from prison in March, 2013, but he had to endure "credible threats" from other dissident Republicans as well as associates of the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson drugs mob and other criminal groupings.
Originally from Armagh, Duffy joined the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) in the 1980s. He was still a teenager when he was involved in the murder of Sergeant Michael Newman in Derby, England, in 1992.
It was not until July, 2010, that he was convicted and received a life sentence for this murder of the unarmed police officer, who was shot once through the side of the head at point-blank range as he reached his car.
However, Duffy was released from jail last March under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Before being convicted of that murder, Duffy had served jail time here for membership of the INLA as well as his role in the infamous Ballymount Bloodbath.
In 1999, his group took six men from a rival gang hostage and beat and tortured them in Ballymount industrial estate.
During a bitter fight, INLA man Patrick Campbell was killed by machete blows.
Duffy served nine years in prison for false imprisonment and gun possession but after his release in 2007, became involved in several gang feuds.