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REVEALED: The Irish companies that began Daniel Kinahan’s rise to cartel head

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Daniel Kinahan (right) and Freddie Thompson (left) at David Byrne's funeral
Daniel Kinahan (right) and Freddie Thompson (left) at David Byrne's funeral

Crime lord Daniel Kinahan ran a series of innocuous, everyday companies in Dublin ranging from interior design firms to a cleaning business during his time in Ireland - none of which he ever filed any accounts for.

Company records show that Daniel, the son of drug lord Christy Kinahan, declared himself to be an "upholsterer". His aunt, Denise Kinahan, was also listed as a director for a number of firms.

Denise, who once held a prominent position on a taxi drivers' committee, now lives alongside her crime-lord brother in Spain.


Both Daniel and Denise were investigated along with 22 other associates in Spain in 2010 during a massive police probe into the operations of the Kinahan cartel.

The pair, along with the other individuals involved, had their assets frozen by Spanish police.

Other big names investigated at the time included her brother and his other son Christy Jnr, John Cunningham, the late Gary Hutch and 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

All suspects were released on bail and no charges were filed.

Christy Kinahan Snr

However, Christy Snr, who is now believed to be retired, was later extradited to Belgium, where he served 18 months on old money-laundering charges.

The Irish Independent can reveal that before moving out of the country, taxi operator Denise shared the directorship of three companies with nephew Daniel.

None of the firms under their ownership ever filed accounts.

Daniel is now believed to be pulling the strings of the expansive Kinahan cartel.

Sources have revealed that the timing of the closures of Daniel's businesses in Ireland matched with the period when the family's European-wide drugs network was growing exponentially.

"This was a key time for Christy," said a source. "It was the time they were on the cusp of hitting it majorly big. And they succeeded."

One company, Fairfold Ltd, was set up by Daniel and his aunt on Monday, November 22, 1999, and operated from an address in Bluebell, Dublin 12.

Denise (53), who listed a Drumcondra address, acted as secretary of the firm, which professed to be an "importers and exporters" company.

Listed in its memorandum of association, the company outlined its operations as being "importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of all classes and kinds of goods".

The company dissolved in June 2002 after a change in directorship.

The pair also operated a cleaning company from a base in Whitefriar Place. Green Clean Clinical Ltd was a business that traded between September 2000 and January 2004.

It listed its principal activity as contracted cleaning services for "office and industrial spaces".

Daniel Kinahan gave an address at a Rathfarnham apartment complex. The 38-year-old again was listed as a director, while his aunt was secretary.

At the same time, the so-called business partners entered the interior design market with their firm the Curious Cat Ltd. Set up in October 2000, the business traded from the same address as Green Clean Ltd.

It shut up shop in January 2004 - around the time most of the Kinahan family moved to their Costa del Sol fortress.

In the memorandum of association, the Curious Cat Ltd listed a number of objectives for which the firm was established.

These included: "To carry on the business of interior design and decorating, supplying and installation of furnishings for shops, offices, houses, hotels, flats and other buildings."

It also offered carpet and furniture repair services.

During this period, Daniel Kinahan also sat on the board of another company. On this occasion, he listed his address as Oliver Bond House, Dublin 8.

The company, a furniture specialist, operated from an address on Clanbrassil Street between 1999 and 2003.

The last business to close linked to the Kinahans was a taxi firm run by Denise and another man.

Neither Denise nor Daniel have run a company in Ireland since mid-2005.