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Gardai nab Bottler’s €100k as on the run criminal flees to UK

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Derek 'Bottler' Devoy
Derek 'Bottler' Devoy

The notorious thug who has been listed as the number one gangland target in Ireland had more than €100,000 seized by gardai.

Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy was in the process of moving to the UK after he was warned that the same gang who took out his brother ‘Mad’ Mickey Devoy, were after him.

Bottler attempted to transfer the large sum to the UK in order to set up a new base, but the cash was frozen by detectives in Dublin.

The criminal moved to the UK last month after a €20,000 bounty was put on his head by associates of gang boss Greg Lynch who are suspected of shooting his brother ‘Mad’ Mickey dead last year.

Mickey Devoy

Mickey was assassinated after he was blamed for the shooting of Lynch in a packed Dublin pub which has left him scarred for life. The feud erupted over a row about a €30,000 debt.

Bottler walked free from Mountjoy Prison after serving a sentence for an attempted robbery of a post office in Balbriggan, north Dublin, and for shooting at his neighbours 

It is understood that the Lynch mob had planned to kill two other brothers and had targeted window cleaner John O’Reagan who was shot dead outside a school in Ballymun.

O’Regan was blamed for stealing the car which was used in the botched hit on a Lynch in 2013.

Lynch was lucky to survive the shooting and has since been so paranoid he rarely goes out barricading himself into his home in Marylands. When he tries to cover his face and the horrific scarring that he endured.

Greg Lynch

Lynch is a key member of a drugs gang that also includes Paul Rice and has close links to the international crime syndicate controlled by godfather Christy Kinahan.

Originally from the Oliver Bond flats complex, Lynch has been a long-term target for Gardai.

Lynch was aged just 19 when he was jailed for six years in 2004 after he was caught handing over €400,000 of heroin.