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Attempted hit foiled as Kinahan cartel associates carrying weapons arrested in Dublin

Christy Kinahan
Christy Kinahan

GARDAI believe they foiled an attempted hit in Dublin this afternoon after arresting two associates of the Kinahan cartel in separate vehicles, in which one of the arrested men had a handgun and ammunition.

Armed gardai moved in on two suspects in separate vehicles in south Dublin while the majority of the country were watching Ireland’s Euro 2016 match against Belgium.

One car was stopped on the Naas dual-carriageway shortly before 3pm.

During course of a search of the car, a firearm (pending ballistic examination) and ammunition was recovered.

A male in his 30s was arrested. 

Shortly afterwards, a second car was stopped on the Long Mile Road, Dublin 12, and the male driver (also in his 30s) was arrested.

Both are being detained under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended  in Dublin garda stations.

The two men are both known associates of gun victim David Byrne who was shot in the Regency Hotel last year.

Gardai believe they may have been on their way to carry out a hit as part of the ongoing Kinahan/Hutch feud.