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James Gately's life 'may have been saved by bulletproof vest'

The car which was at the centre of this afternoon's gangland shooting
The car which was at the centre of this afternoon's gangland shooting
James ‘Mago’ Gately
James ‘Mago’ Gately

James Gately’s life may well have been saved by the bulletproof vest which he routinely wore since a price was put on his head by the Kinahan cartel.

Gately was shot a number of times at a Topaz station in Clonshaugh, Dublin 17 but was still able to speak when emergency services arrived at the scene within minutes of the incident.

Numerous shots were fired and he was hit in the neck and body before the gunmen fled in a black Lexus

Sources claim gunmen in the black car pulled up behind him before one got out fired a number of shots through the driver side window hitting Gately up to four times, it is reported that he was struck three times in the body and once in the neck. 

Gately was rushed to Beaumont Hospital under a heavy armed guard and his condition has yet to be revealed.  

He has been high on the cartel's hit list since the Regency Hotel attack in February 2016 and recently appealed to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court not to take his driving licence away as without it he faced an unidentified “serious threat” to his life.

James Gately who is nicknamed 'Mago', has appeared in court on over 200 occasions, he has managed to avoid serious convictions and regards himself as a businessman

The Kinahan cartel blamed him for being one of the three men dressed as ERU officers during the Regency Hotel attack. However, he was never charged with any offence connected to the shooting by gardai.

Gately has been on the gardai's radar for a decade and was previously quizzed about serious crimes. 

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