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family ties Brian Rattigan wore locket displaying his slain brother's photo on prison release

Joey Rattigan was murdered by Brian's criminal rivals on July 16, 2002.

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Brian Rattigan and brother Joey, Joseph on locket

Brian Rattigan and brother Joey, Joseph on locket

Brian Rattigan and brother Joey, Joseph on locket

Gangland killer Brian Rattigan love for his murdered brother was clearly evident when he walked free from Portlaoise Prison last week after serving over 18 years behind bars.. 

When Rattigan emerged from Ireland’s highest security prison at 6.30am last Tuesday he was wearing a grey suit, a fisherman’s hat, white shirt, sunglasses and a black facemask.

Around his neck dangled a necklace with a small locket attached.

Within the tiny picture frame is an image of Joey Rattigan, who was gunned down on July 16, 2002 close to his home in Drimnagh.

Rattigan was exceptionally close to his younger brother, and the pair spent most of their time side by side until Joey was shot dead close to their family home at Cooley Road.

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Joey Rattigan

Joey Rattigan

Joey Rattigan

He was shot in the forehead by a gunman wielding a handgun in the attack, just 50 yards from his home.

The 18-year-old was targeted as he returned home having dropped his girlfriend off.

Gardai believe Joey Rattigan was killed solely because he was Brian's brother. Brian Rattigan had been under threat for rival criminals after being involved in stabbing Declan Gavin to death

Despite spending years behind bars, Brian continues to take out a newspaper memorial ad on the anniversary of Joey's murder and birthday every year.

He also sports a prominent tattoo of Joe’s face emblazoned on his chest.

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He has written poems in honour of Joey with one entitled ‘Brother’.

It reads: “Did the angels sing amazing grace, the day you saw the Lord God’s face.

“Did you know you were not alone, the day the Lord called you home.”

The fatal stabbing of Declan Gavin led to the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud that led to at least 15 murders.

Rattigan had previously been convicted of Gavin’s murder but this was overturned in 2017 and he was jailed for nine years for his manslaughter in January, 2019.

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Brian Rattigan pictured in 2009

Brian Rattigan pictured in 2009

Brian Rattigan pictured in 2009

Father-of-one Rattigan has been in custody in relation to the death of Declan Gavin since he was first charged with the offence in September, 2003, but during that time he has also served separate sentences for serious drugs, firearms and assault convictions.

Rattigan was also given a 17-year-sentece for organising a €1m heroin deal from his jail cell in Portlaoise Prison.

Rattigan’s future is now the subject of much speculation and uncertainty, following his release.

The gang boss has said that he is a “changed man” but many gardai are extremely sceptical of this claim.

He has indicated he will live at his family home in Drimnagh but officers have also received reports that he plans to go to Spain.

A homecoming party was held for Rattigan on the night he was released.

It is understood that Rattigan has spent most of his time at the property since arriving back in the capital after being released from prison.

His release has led to an increase in armed garda patrols in the Crumlin area but there is no specific threat on Rattigan and he has not received an official warning known as a GIM form by officers about an active threat against his life.

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