Nephew of Hatchet Kavanagh murdered in gun attack

NewsBy Alan Sherry
Gerard Hatchet Kavanagh: murdered in Spain last year
Gerard Hatchet Kavanagh: murdered in Spain last year

A relative of Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh became Ireland’s latest gangland murder victim when he was shot dead in Dublin today.

The man, named locally as Paul Kavanagh, who is aged in his late 20s and originally from south Dublin, was gunned down by two men who rammed his car on Church Avenue near the Cat and Cage pub in Drumcondra at 11.30am.

He was shot a number of times and died at the scene.  Locals reported hearing around five or six shots.

Mr Kavanagh, a father-of-two, was in a VW car when he was ambushed by two masked men who got out of an Audi A3.

The killer crashed their car into a wall near the scene of the shooting and then fled on foot towards Grace Park Road and then down towards Richmond Road. One was wearing a dark jacket while the other was wearing a grey jacket.

Gardai believe Kavanagh’s killers had him under surveillance before ramming him off the road.

While he is known to gardai he does not have any serious convictions. 

His murder is the second gangland killing in the family in a year.

His uncle Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh was shot dead by two masked assassins in Spain last year.

Kavanagh from Drimnagh was an enforcer in Christy Kinahan’s drug organisation. However, it is believed he had a falling out with Irish criminals based in the Costa Del Sol.

Paul Kavanagh was also a friend of Paul Rice who helped carry the coffin at Kavanagh’s funeral.

Rice (44), from Tallaght in south Dublin, previously acted as an enforcer for the Kinahan mob and was seen as being close to Godfather Christy Kinahan senior.

Associates of Rice are believed to have ordered the killing of Ballymun hitman Michael Devoy who was shot dead in Tallaght last year.

Gardai will probe whether associates of Devoy are responsible for the murder.

They are also looking into whether the killing had any links to Costa Del Sol organisation.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern attended the scene of the shooting.

“This is my area, I grew up here and I am shocked by this,” he told the Herald.

“I don’t know what the shooting was about but it’s terrible that such a thing can happen in broad daylight.”

“My brother and his family live just around the corner,” he added.