On the run: Nathan Kinsella failed to appear in court
GARDAI fear alleged RIRA chief Nathan Kinsella has gone on the run after he failed to appear in court and was not seen around north inner-city Dublin over Christmas.
Kinsella (35) – who was slain dissident Alan Ryan’s best friend – was due to go on trial for membership of an illegal organisation in May. He is alleged to have held a senior position in the terror group and was involved in operations in north Dublin.
However, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up for a court date in November. Gardai had previously formally warned Kinsella, from Matt Talbot Court in central Dublin, that his life was in danger after he was ‘excommunicated’ by his old republican associates.
In November 2012, Kinsella was abducted in Tallaght, south Dublin, and shot twice in the leg with a handgun. The RIRA squad drove him around in a van before carrying out the shooting and then dumping him at Le Fanu Road, in Ballyfermot, west Dublin.
Charged: Kinsella is brought to court after display at Alan Ryan's funeral
Kinsella was quizzed by gardai, but claimed he did not know the shooter.
A source told the Sunday World that gardai fear the father of three has now left the country.
“A bench warrant was issued on November 4 after he failed to attend a court hearing. He has not been seen around his usual haunts in the East Wall area of Dublin,” said our source.
Kinsella was one of three men charged with IRA membership in September 2012 following a controversial paramilitary display at Alan Ryan’s funeral. The murdered man’s younger brother Vincent (22) and another associate, Daragh Evans (23), were also charged.
At the time of his arrest for membership charges, Kinsella was warmly welcomed on to the dissident landing in Portlaoise Prison. However, he was kicked out of the organisation by the RIRA’s northern leadership following an internal investigation.
A stash of drugs was found in Kinsella’s north inner-city apartment by the RIRA’s internal security unit. The unit also recovered evidence, which they believed showed Kinsella had not been forthcoming with ‘protection money’ taken from the city’s drug gangs.
In January 2013, another senior member of the Alan Ryan gang was also abducted and shot as part of the ongoing internal purge. Declan Smith (30), also known as ‘Fat Deccy’, was found with a gunshot wound to the leg at Fairgreen in Saggart, west Dublin, on January 19.
Smith, originally from Belfast, had reportedly replaced Ryan as leader of the gang. He is wanted by the PSNI for questioning about the murder of two men in Belfast in 2007.