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exposed How Kinahan cartel ally who directed gang in 'Mago' Gately kill plot rose through criminal ranks

Keating, who was a brother-in-law of murdered Kinahan money launderer Jason Carroll, has close links to senior Kinahan cartel figure Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

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David Duffy (left) and Peader Keating (right).  Inset:  Peader Keating being arrested

David Duffy (left) and Peader Keating (right). Inset: Peader Keating being arrested

David Duffy (left) and Peader Keating (right). Inset: Peader Keating being arrested

The man who this week pleaded guilty to directing a gang who plotted to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud, had risen through the ranks to the top echelons of the Irish underworld before his role in the feud curtailed his criminal career.

Peter ‘Peader’ Keating from Rowlagh Green in Clondalkin helped flood Dublin with drugs sourced through his connections in the Kinahan cartel.

Keating, who was a brother-in-law of murdered Kinahan money launderer Jason Carroll who was shot dead in Clondalkin in 2013, has close links to senior Kinahan cartel figure Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh. Kavanagh is languishing in a prison cell in the UK as he awaits sentencing on conspiring to import drugs.

Four years ago, the Sunday World exposed Keating’s involvement in organised crime as we revealed he was one of five Irish people arrested by National Crime Agency in Birmingham after Border Force officers seized €5.5m worth of herbal cannabis and cocaine more than 300km away in Dover. A sixth man, who is not Irish, was arrested in Dover as part of the operation.

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Peader Keating

Peader Keating

Peader Keating

Keating was investigated for conspiracy to import controlled drugs but later released on police bail.

We also revealed at the time how the arrest came just over a month after Keating was arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport in connection with an alleged plot to kill Hutch associate Gately.

Keating was arrested by members of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau after he flew into Dublin on August 27 in 2017.

This week, Keating pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to directing the activities of a criminal organisation between December 7, 2016, and April 4, 2017, inclusive, within and without the State under Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He is now awaiting sentencing.

James 'Mago' Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonashaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

The Special Criminal Court heard last week that the criminals who attempted to murder Mr Gately believed he was involved in the attack at the Regency Hotel in February 2016, in which Kinahan gang member David Byrne was shot dead.

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James 'Mago' Gately

James 'Mago' Gately

James 'Mago' Gately

Despite his position in the underworld Keating had no major convictions until his guilty plea this week but was involved in an incident in 2005 where two gardai were forced to jump for their lives after he drove a car at them following a high-speed chase which began after officers attempted to search his car for drugs.

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He was given a three months suspended sentence and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to four counts of dangerous driving and one of obstruction under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He also has previous convictions for breach of the peace and driving without insurance.

Keating’s brother-in-law Jason ‘Jay’ Carroll (39) was shot dead outside his Clondalkin home in August 2013 – days after innocent Dean Johnson was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity. The gunman who killed Johnson had mistook him for gangland gunman James ‘Nellie’ Walsh. Gardai believe Carroll was shot dead in a revenge attack by Walsh but he was never charged in relation to the killing.

Walsh is currently serving a 10-year sentence for an unrelated gun attack on Michael Frazer. Two associates of Walsh - Darragh Nugent (36) and John Gibson (28) – were shot dead in west Dublin in 2017 and gardai suspect associates of Carroll and Keating were behind the murders.

Keating’s close pal David 'Blinky 'Duffy who was part of the same gang feuding with Nellie Walsh has also pleaded guilty to involvement in the plot to kill Gately.

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Andrew Goonery

Andrew Goonery

Andrew Goonery

Both men also have links to notorious gangland figure Jay O’Connor who was a suspect in the hit on Johnson but never faced any charges in relation to the killing.

Keating also has close links to convicted drug dealer Andy Goonery (29) from Clondalkin who is currently being investigated by gardai attached to the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Goonery from Collinstown Grove in Clondalkin is another rising figure in the Irish underworld and was previously jailed for dealing crack cocaine.

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