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Ireland’s top gangland target flees to Spain

Jay O'Connor
Jay O'Connor

Gangland target Jay O’Connor has fled to Spain where he is in hiding after a rival gang launched a plot to kill him.

37-year-old O’Connor was due to return to Dublin from the UK last Thursday but instead chose to remain hiding.

The long-running dispute between Jason 'Jay' O'Connor and rival gangster David 'Gully' Goulding has already claimed one live so far this year. 

The two former friends were both part of the Westies mob which wreaked havoc in west Dublin in the 1990s.

When the gang imploded the two men went their separate ways, Goulding linked up with a Coolock-based faction of the gang while O’Connor remained loyal to the Glennons.

Following the murder of an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity earlier this year tensions have reached fever pitch with gardai working overtime in an attempt to quell tensions in west Dublin.

O’Connor became aware of a threat on his life on the 12th of June this year and has been keeping a low profile ever since.

A source told the Sun that “There has been no sign of O’Connor but his enemies are driving around without a care in the world.

“He was meant to come back last week, but he’s now decided to stay away because there is a serious threat against him at the moment.

“People might think O’Connor is terrified of someone targeting him but the reality is he has a very good alibi if he’s out of the country and one of his enemies is taken out.”

The Sun reports that the gangster has been staying at his heavily fortified, Whitestown home which boasts CCTV and bulletproof windows.

O’Connor has a number of high profile allies in Dublin, including Fat Freddy Thompson’s south inner-city mob and gardai fear that the hood could call in certain “favours” from these associates.