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mob bust How Mr Nobody's attendance at David Byrne's funeral sparked a probe leading to his capture

Declan Brady, his wife Deirdre and his mistress Erika Lukacs pleaded guilty to money laundering charges relating to €1.3 million identified by gardai.

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(Circled Left and Right) Sean Ruth and Declan Brady at David Byrne's funeral in 2016

(Circled Left and Right) Sean Ruth and Declan Brady at David Byrne's funeral in 2016

(Circled Left and Right) Sean Ruth and Declan Brady at David Byrne's funeral in 2016

Declan Brady and Sean Ruth tried to stay at the back of the crowd as the coffin of David Byrne was carried out of St Nicholas and Myra Church on Francis Street surrounded by his comrades from the Kinahan Cartel.

But despite their efforts the duo were picked up on special surveillance cameras as a piper’s lament led a funeral cortege fit for a president through the streets of Dublin where Kinahan Cartel drugs have caused untold misery and suffering.

The unknown face in the crowd was identified as Gardai poured over footage and images of the mourners – and particularly those who had nailed their colours to Kavanagh and Kinahan mast by wearing suits.

And a lengthy and undercover probe into his involvement with the mob began.

Up until that point Declan Brady had got away with being an ordinary guy foraging a living by renting bouncy castles, inflatable sumo suits and later running a transport firm.

This week Brady, his wife Deirdre and his mistress Erika Lukacs pleaded guilty to money laundering charges relating to €1.3 million identified by gardai.

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Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody' being arrested by gardaí. Photo: Sunday World

Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody' being arrested by gardaí. Photo: Sunday World

Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody' being arrested by gardaí. Photo: Sunday World

Officers believe there was many millions more.

A court heard this week that when officers raided properties linked to the trio there was money found in shoeboxes in an attic totalling more than €250,000, stashed in a tea caddy and hundreds of thousands more were identified transferring through accounts into the hands of Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh.

Mr Nobody was first found with a weapons cache in Greenogue Industrial Estate in January of 2017 and things have gone down hill for him ever since.

What has emerged since then is that Brady was one of the mobs most senior men in Ireland and gathered a portfolio of property with the money he made including one in Cala D’Or in Majorca near where Kavanagh’s seaside mansion is located and another in Portugal.


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He spent that lavishly and has paid a huge bill to the Criminal Assets Bureau in order to settle their case against him and sources say he was desperate to keep his younger lover in a home while he languishes behind bars.

In a Crime World Extra podcast broadcast today we tell the story of Brady and his emergence from Mr Bouncy Council to the mafia’s Mr Nobody.

Crime World is available on spotify, iTunes, soundcloud and all podcast platforms.

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