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Key Kinahan mobster hiding out in Spain after Dublin 'assassination kit' discovery

Daniel Kinahan
Daniel Kinahan

A key member of the Kinahan cartel who is suspected of supplying weapons for an attempted hit in Dublin this month is currently hiding out in Spain.

Sources said last night the 40-year-old is suspected of being "in control" of an "assassination kit" that was discovered in a car on the capital's northside almost a fortnight ago.

It is understood that the gangster - who is originally from the capital's north-inner city - is hiding out in a safe house in Spain where he is involved in the day-to-day operations of the cartel run by Daniel Kinahan.

He is known to be a key target of the rival Hutch gang.

It is believed he has been using international contacts to get firearms into Ireland.

Considered one of the most trusted members of the cartel, he was previously arrested by officers investigating the gangland murder of crimelord Eamon Dunne in April 2010, which was sanctioned by the gang.

He is linked to a number of safe houses in Ireland but when he is here the 40-year-old normally stays between addresses in Meath, Wicklow and the north-inner city.

Two other men from the north-inner city, aged in their late 20s and early 30s, were arrested, questioned and released last week about the seizure, which is still being investigated.

Officers attached to Finglas garda station recovered a stolen Nissan Pulsar on August 6 in Casement Park, Finglas, discovering two handguns, ammunition, and a canister of fuel in the vehicle.

The two men who were arrested are closely linked to a jailed hitman who has been connected to a number of feud-related murders.

The hitman has come to the attention of gardai over the last number of years for crimes including drug-related offences and assaulting gardai.