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Kinahan cartel's top target shot at Dublin petrol station

James Gately
James Gately

The Kinahan Cartel’s top target in Ireland has been shot at a petrol station near Dublin airport.

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.

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.

He was blasted in the neck and chest before being rushed to the Mater Hospital. 

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 quizzed about serious crimes. 

James ‘Mago’ Gately was snapped carrying the coffin of Gary Hutch, who was shot dead by the Kinahan cartel in Spain in 2015.