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Gardai probe links between reported gunfire and Kinahan cartel

Gardai at the scene of Friday night's gunfire
Gardai at the scene of Friday night's gunfire

GardaI are probing whether reports of gunfire in Dublin’s south inner city at the weekend are linked to an internal dispute among lower-ranking local criminals who have links to the Kinahan cartel.

Gardai have launched an investigation following the incident at Basin Street flats around 10.30pm on Friday night. 

A large number of gardai rushed to the scene after receiving reports of shots being fired. However, there was no injured party or damage to any property. 

A spokesman said: “Gardai from Kilmainham are investigating reports of shots fired in the Basin Street area at around 10.30pm on Friday. Nobody was injured in the incident and no arrests have been made.”

As no one and no property was hit, gardai have yet to fully establish if shots were fired. However, an investigation is ongoing.

Younger associates of the Kinahan cartel live in the area and officers will probe whether a dispute between two groups – both of whom have links to the cartel – led to the shooting. 

There has been tension and paranoia among different associates of the cartel in recent times, with gang leaders suspecting people of informing. 

Gang bosses have demanded one north inner city criminal facing serious charges hands over the book of evidence in his case to prove he hasn’t been co-operating with gardai by providing information on gang hits. 

The cartel were also concerned when James Quinn, a nephew of Martin ‘the Viper’ Foley, was arrested over in Spain in relation to the murder of Gary Hutch and wanted to get a message to him not to cooperate with authorities.