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Prison hitlist revealed as inmates clash over gangland feud

Marcus Kirwan
Marcus Kirwan

Prison officials in Dublin and the Midlands have braced for an eruption of gangland violence as inmates aligned to the Kinahan and Hutch factions go head to head.

The Sunday World can today reveal how: 

  • Gardaí have made official contact with authorities in Mountjoy that three named inmates have had a six-figure price put on their heads by the feuding clans.
  • Major tensions have broken out between Limerick criminals associated with ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson on the Midlands B-Division and Dublin-based criminals on the D-Division, where the Monk’s nephew Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch was formerly imprisoned.
  • All calls to jailed associates and former members of the feuding clans are now being monitored over fears that hits will be ordered from the outside.
  • Authorities in Castlerea Prison in Roscommon have been told to keep four segregation cells in their Challenging Behaviour Unit clear as ‘safe-cells’ for inmates to be moved there if gang warfare kicks off within the other prisons;

Alarmingly, the escalation of the feud between the Kinahan and Hutch organisations means inmates are being divided along the newly-drawn lines in the conflict.

In Mountjoy alone, Gardaí have contacted prison authorities and warned a significant sum of money has been put out on the heads of three criminals.

Sources say the sums being mentioned in the prison are estimated to be in the region of €100,000 for the hit.

Three inmates who authorities identified as being at risk include:

Marcus Kirwan

 A junior gang boss in Dublin’s north inner city who is currently serving life for the murder of David Byrne, who he stabbed to death in a jealous rage on March 19, 2011.

Paul Molloy – a father-of-six from Cabra who is serving a seven-year stint for dealing cannabis resin out of his mother’s Cabra home. Molloy was also caught in 2007 with €12,000 worth of cocaine.

Daniel Prenderville

The thug from Crumlin was responsible for the shocking ‘shiv’ attack on Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch in his cell in Mountjoy last December.

Prenderville is serving a six-year sentence for possession of a 32-calibre Baikal semi-automatic pistol, unlawful use of a car and dangerous driving on September 6, 2012.

All three inmates have now been notified of their status as ‘at risk’ inmates. However, all three have refused to go on protection.

Earlier this week Dublin criminal Adam Brannigan was attacked in the jail, but it has yet to be established if it was linked to the feud.

Calls to all inmates associated with either mob and those who owe debts to the Kinahan, Byrne or Thompson factions are also being monitored.

'Del Boy' Hutch

In the Midlands Prison, sources say there has been a major increase in tensions between Limerick-based criminals on the D-Division who aligned themselves with ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson.

Thompson forged close links with allies of ‘Fat’ John McCarthy from Moyross, who was recently jailed for 14 years for possession of heroin worth €145,000.

Meanwhile, Dublin-based criminals on the B-Division have retained their loyalties to ‘Del Boy’ Hutch.

He is currently housed in a protection cell in Wheatfield Prison, where he was moved in the wake of the shiv attack.

Sources also revealed that four cells have been vacated in Castlerea Prison’s Challenging Behaviour Unit, in the event that bloodshed kicks off in the other prisons.

“Inmates are far easier targets to go after,” said a source.

“The main thing is to prevent any incident that could spark something off within the jails.”