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Lifelong friend of The Monk shot dead in Meath named locally

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Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan
Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

The man brutally gunned down in Meath tonight has been named locally as Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan, a long-time friend and associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (57), originally from Cabra, is a convicted burglar and a lifelong pal of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

The former butcher made a fortune from Ireland's illegal cigarette trade and was regarded by gardai as the biggest single wholesaler of illicit tobacco in the 90s.

In 1996, a Garda operation, called Operation Nicotine, was launched to target his multi-million pound business.

The investigation lead to Duggan paying over €1million to CAB in a settlement in 2002.

However, gardai believe he remained heavily involved in the illegal cigarette trade and worked ex-Provos based in the border area.

In recent years, Duggan was regularly spotted in the company of Gerry Hutch and the pair were said to be as "close as ever".

Like Hutch, Duggan was not involved in the drugs trade.

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Duggan became the number-one target of the CAB after they accused him of building up a fortune from smuggling and selling black-market cigarettes.

He was dubbed 'Mr Kingsize' and had to hand over a property in Smithfield, Dublin, to the Bureau. 

Duggan was gunned down in his car in Ratoath, Co Meath, on Wednesday evening at around 7.45pm.