Number one gangland target Michael Frazer is back for Christmas
Notorious gangland target Michael Frazer is back in Dublin despite at least five attempts on his life.
The Drimnagh car dealer has defied the threat hanging over him and has returned home so he can spend Christmas with his family.
Frazer (35) is the main target for many of the country's most dangerous crime gangs including former pals in the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson mob and thugs associated with gangland hardman Paul Rice.
He survived a brutal attack almost two years ago after he was shot in a church car park and later narrowly escaped with his life when a hitman's gun jammed in another failed assassination in August 2014.
Frazer fled to England last April and then moved to Spain.
But sources told the Herald that he is back in the capital.
"He is back for Christmas but he really needs to be very careful," a source said last night.
"Before he left Ireland earlier this year, he was the number one gangland target."
In March 2013, Frazer managed to drive to Clondalkin Garda Station after he was blasted in the upper body in a church car park on Bawnogue Road in Clondalkin.
He escaped from the shooting in his Mini Cooper and made it as far as the garda station "pumping blood" before he collapsed in the front office.
Gardai believe this gun attack was carried out by a notorious hitman who is the chief suspect for two murders in west Dublin.
Frazer then survived separate murder attempts in the south inner city, Firhouse, Drimnagh and Islandbridge areas between July and November of last year before he finally fled the country.
Drimnagh man Frazer, who had been living in the capital's south inner city, has been a main target for many of the country's most dangerous crime groupings.
Frazer - who does not have serious criminal convictions - is no stranger to violence.
His family home in Drimnagh has been shot at on a number of occasions and a grenade was even thrown into it in June 2008, causing extensive damage. All these incidents were linked to the now defunct Crumlin/Drimnagh feud.
Because of his previous friendship with 'Fat' Freddie, Frazer was a long-term target for the rival Brian Rattigan gang during the bloody feud that claimed up to 15 lives.
Sources said there has been suggestion that Frazer has "sorted out" some of the disputes.