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Ratt out Gang boss Brian Rattigan to be released from Portlaoise Prison next month

Rattigan has been in prison for most of his adult life and pleaded guilty in October 2018 to killing Declan Gavin (21)

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Brian Rattigan

Brian Rattigan

Brian Rattigan

Gardai are on major alert for the release of one of Ireland’s most notorious gangland criminals at the start of next month.

Brian Rattigan (40) is expected to walk free from Ireland’s highest security prison in Portlaoise in less than three weeks’ time.

“This is going to cause very significant tensions and issues in the organised crime landscape,” a senior source said last night.

“A policing plan will be drawn up. Rattigan is a very significant player still,” the source added.

It is another major headache for gardai as Rattigan's expected release date is less than a week after another convicted killer is being let loose on the streets.

Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch (35), who has no links to Rattigan, will be released at the end of this month from Wheatfield Prison where he is serving the closing stages of a a 16-year sentence he received in 2012 for his role in an armed raid in May 2009 in Lucan, west Dublin, during which his pal Gareth Molloy was shot dead by gardai.

There are fears that ‘Del Boy’ will inflame his gang’s feud with the Kinahan cartel which has led to 18 murders including many of his own close family members.

However Rattigan’s release is also causing huge concern for senior gardai despite the fact that he told the High Court in a sworn affidavit in 2019 that he is a “changed man.”

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Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch

Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch

Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch

He stated that he wanted to "lead a law-abiding life upon my release and am committed to never returning to prison.”

In a sworn statement on behalf of his former arch enemy ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson, Rattigan said there was no bad blood" between him and his once-rival in Portlaoise Prison.

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Rattigan said that relations between the two are good, that they have had long conversations in prison, and that their families have met.

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Brian Rattigan

Brian Rattigan

The two were housed together in the same wing in the maximum security Portlaoise Prison and pose no security threat to each other, Rattigan also said.

Rattigan's comments were contained in a statement sworn in support of Thompson's High Court challenge against the prison authorities over what he claims are the oppressive conditions of his detention over 18 months in the A wing of Portlaoise Prison.

Rattigan, who has convictions for manslaughter and possession of drugs for sale and supply, added that after being in prison for so long he hopes that the Irish Prison Service will comply with their obligations to reintegrate him into society.

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Declan Gavin who was killed by Brian Rattigan. Photo credit: RTE

Declan Gavin who was killed by Brian Rattigan. Photo credit: RTE

Declan Gavin who was killed by Brian Rattigan. Photo credit: RTE

Rattigan formerly of Cooley Road, in Drimnagh has been in prison for most of his adult life and pleaded guilty in October, 2018, to killing 21-year-old Declan Gavin – the fatal stabbing that led to the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud that led to at least 15 murders.

He 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.

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.

However that sentence which was imposed in March, 2013, was backdated to the time in which gardai made the massive bust which was June, 2008.

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