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ARSON ATTACK Businessman subjected to petrol bomb attack from Real IRA after car deal goes wrong

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The house in Blackrock that Kinsella hopes to buy

The house in Blackrock that Kinsella hopes to buy

‘Fat’ Deccy Smith and Alan Ryan.

‘Fat’ Deccy Smith and Alan Ryan.

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The house in Blackrock that Kinsella hopes to buy

A south Dublin businessman whose home was subject to a petrol bomb attack this week has been living under threat from Real IRA thug Nathan Kinsella after a car deal went wrong.

The family man, who runs a high-end motor business, was issued with an official Garda warning last year, stating that he was under threat from Kinsella after the car dealer tried to collect money he was owed for a top-of-the-range Mercedes car.

Kinsella took the Mercedes E220 AMG from the dealer but never honoured the re-payment agreement for the €80k it was worth and when the businessman took back the car the thug began to intimidate him and demand compensation.

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Nathan Kinsella

Nathan Kinsella

Nathan Kinsella

The businessman's home in Leopardstown has been amongst a handful of houses in the south Dublin area on a Garda rapid response list ever since, and when a car was set alight in the driveway an emergency call was made from the property. Officers were quick to respond and arrested three men making their getaway on the M50 motorway.

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Gangland hitman Robbie Lawlor

Gangland hitman Robbie Lawlor

Gangland hitman Robbie Lawlor

The men, who are linked to slain gangland thug Robbie Lawlor, have no obvious links to Kinsella but gardaí are investigating if he hired them to carry out the arson attack to force the businessman to pay up.

Kinsella has been living in nearby Blackrock with his partner and young children in a house owned by millionaire builder Gerry McGreevy. Kinsella has told friends that he is very concerned about an ongoing health problem he has and is desperate to raise funds so he can attempt to buy the property which he has already told close associates he owns.

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Vinnie Ryan.

Vinnie Ryan.

Vinnie Ryan.

The unemployed hardman is understood to have created a web of lies around his finances, even once claiming that he part-owned a hotel in Dublin. But as his health deteriorates his 'Walter Mitty' tales are fast crumbling and now officers believe he is desperate to shore up some funds so he can settle his affairs.

Kinsella moved into the house in Blackrock last year despite not holding down a job since his release from prison. The Real IRA enforcer was once feared in the underworld and was a close associate of murdered trio - brothers Alan and Vinnie Ryan and 'Fat' Deccy Smith.

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The €80,000 Mercedes E220 AMG

The €80,000 Mercedes E220 AMG

The €80,000 Mercedes E220 AMG

He pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to membership of an illegal organisation in 2014 and spent two years in prison. He has been closely monitored ever since and when he moved to plush Richmond, officers from the Special Detective Unit, who investigate terrorism and dissident republican activities, raided the property.

It is understood the raid formed part of a money-laundering investigation and that the ownership of it was established soon after. It is understood that Mr McGreevy has told officers that a rental agreement is now in place with Kinsella's partner.

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Kinsella's gangland career has been on a downward spiral since he was a bootboy for Alan Ryan, who caused mayhem by taxing drug gangs in Dublin until his murder in September 2012.

After his death, paramilitaries displayed their might at his funeral when they turned out in their droves, uniformed in black and white and let off a number of rounds of ammunition as their 'martyr' was lowered into his grave.

Despite the show of strength, the organisation was falling apart at the seams and in the years that followed all of Ryan's inner circle would be targeted. Kinsella himself survived a kneecapping attack before he was arrested by officers who rounded up the funeral-goers after a massive public outcry.

Kinsella, who had been a pallbearer at the funeral, pleaded guilty to membership of an illegal organisation, namely the IRA and was jailed for two years. After he got out he was collated a number of times at Jim Mansfield Jnr's Tasaggart House at Citywest.

It later emerged that on his release from prison he stayed near the Mansfield property and began a relationship with a woman who worked as an accounts clerk in a nearby hotel.

Over the course of the trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr, currently adjourned for hearing later this year, it was heard that he was paying protection money to members of the Real IRA. Evidence was heard alleging Nathan Kinsella used Mansfield's mansion as an office after he was hired for protection.

Kinsella recently visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where he took part in a medical treatment and has been hospitalised a number of times over the past year.

The businessman who was victim of the arson attack had just returned to his property at Orby Park at 10pm on Monday night when a number of men approached and set one car alight, damaging another. It is understood that they were caught on CCTV cameras at the property and have also been captured on other systems in the area as they lay in wait.

One is already facing charges and the others are understood to be known criminals for hire. An Audi Q5 was damaged and a Volkswagen Golf was destroyed in the incident.

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