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Kinahan Cartel believe hit target was a Regency gunman

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
James 'Maggo' Gately
James 'Maggo' Gately

The Kinahan Cartel have made James ‘Maggo’ Gately their number-one target after an ‘internal investigation’ decided he was one of three men dressed in ERU uniforms at the Regency Hotel, the Sunday world can reveal.

This week, Gately dodged yet another bullet after an attempt on his life was foiled by Gardaí.

Shop owner Gately has spent much of the last few months out of the country in a bid to dodge cartel hitmen – including spending time in Asia and the North.

However, the threat against him is believed to be at the highest level there is. 

Recent intelligence suggests that the cartel brought in hundreds of GPS tracking devices to place on the cars of their key targets in order to build up a picture of any routine. 

Officers have warned those who have received Garda Information Messages (GIM) to check their cars regularly. 

A number of the devices have already been discovered on cars used by associates of key targets, including a female relative of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch.

Gately has proved particularly elusive to the cartel, as he knows exactly how they track and collate information on targets. 

'Maggo' once had strong links to the cartel, but cut ties with them after his friend Gary Hutch was murdered in Spain in September 2015.

 

The Sunday World understands that the Kinahan mob carried out their own investigation following the shooting at the Regency Hotel. Sources said they believed that Gately may have been one of three ‘ERU’ officers armed with AK-47 rifles on the day. 

Gardaí have not arrested Gately as part of their investigation into the David Byrne murder. However, he was listed as the cartel’s top target in the brutal retaliation which has been playing out ever since. 

Gately has been issued with a number of GIM forms, warning him that his life was in danger. 

He has been keeping away from his regular haunts and even relocates to Asia for periods of time. In recent months he has been using an address in Northern Ireland.

However, his name and address were on a list seized recently from a Kinahan associate.

Gately is from the north inner city and runs a small grocery shop there. He regularly travels to Asia with his partner and children.

He was arrested by Gardaí last May, along with Patrick Hutch Jnr, after a high-speed chase which ended on the Malahide Road. Patrick Hutch Jnr was later charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016, while Gately was released without charge.

Gately has previously been quizzed in connection with the assassination of Eamon ‘the Don’ Dunne in 2010. 

He fell out with Daniel Kinahan and his supporters after Gary Hutch was shot dead in Spain and was photographed carrying his coffin during a funeral service in Dublin.