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The Sunday World's Criminal Rich List Pt2

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Paul Rice
Paul Rice

Our rich list is a tapestry of those who choose a life of crime, but in the murky world of drugs, sex and money, a fortune can be gained and lost in the flick of an eye, or the pull of a trigger.

PIRA/Sinn Fein are undoubtedly Ire­land’s wealthiest criminal organisa­tion and within the murky underworld are admired for their brutality and their ability to launder money.

The Northern Bank rob­bery in 2004 could be seen as their finest hour. It netted a staggering £26million for the group, which experts believe was to be invested as a future pension fund for volunteers and their families.

Click HERE if you missed yesterday's Sunday World's Criminal Rich List Pt 1 


No 14

Paul Rice

MOB enforcer Rice has seen his fortunes go up and down and has had a forced ex­ile from the drug world for almost a year since his partner Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh was gunned down in Spain.

Gardai say Rice is no­toriously mean with his money and, unlike his pal Hatchet, has remained under the financial radar in his ordinary Tallaght home. Rice is currently the subject of a major CAB investigation.

€9million


No 13

James Carabini

FATHER of two Carabini relocated to Spain after he came under the microscope of CAB.

The Cabra native was arrested 10 years ago during a e200m cocaine bust, but was acquitted at trial. He is believed to be a close associate of George Mitchell and has tight connections with Morocco.

€10million

Christy Keane

Keane, who recently survived an assassination attempt  in which he was shot four times, is Limerick gangland’s great survi­vor. Although he lives modestly in the city, he controls a drug dealing outfit that has funnelled millions of euro over the last 20 years.

With the collapse of the Dundon gang, Keane is regarded as the new top dog.

€10million

Mr Big

MOB boss Mr Big has amassed an im­pressive fortune from drug dealing and tiger kidnap­pings.

He supplies a large amount of drugs on the northside of the capital and the CAB is soon ex­pected to hit him with a €1.5mil­lion bill.

€10million

Stephen Kearney

THE reclusive drug dealer, known as ‘the Grandfather of Crime’, lived for years under the guise of a respectable family man until he agreed to hand over the keys of his plush family home to the CAB.

Kearney built his fortune by working as a sidekick to George Mitchell, but in recent years started dealing di­rectly with Bolivian car­tels to bring in massive shipments of cocaine.

€10million


No 12

Matt Kelly

THE businessman brother of murdered criminal Eamon Kelly settled a e4m bill with CAB in 2002, but managed to hold on to a number of valuable properties. The former ‘Carpet­man’ has helped settle his brother’s estate since his death.

€11million


No 11

Barry Fitzpatrick

The former Provo who later aligned him­self to the Continuity IRA made a fortune from extortion and security rackets on nightclub and pub doors across Dublin and Wicklow.

Since his recent release from prison he has become a virtual recluse in his bolthole on Brighton Road in Foxrock

€12million


Keep an eye out tomorrow for the next instalment.