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Kinahan firearms caretaker moved from Mountjoy jail after 'disturbances' on landing

Inmates on the landing smashed a number of spyholes on the cell doors and food was also thrown out onto the landings.
James Walsh. Photo credit: RTE

James Walsh. Photo credit: RTE

Patrick O'Connell

A weapons caretaker for the Kinahan cartel is one of three inmates to have been kicked out of Mountjoy Prison over Christmas after disturbances in the Dublin jail.

James Walsh (35), who was jailed for nine years after his arrest during a garda raid on the Kinahan cartel’s secret weapons depot, has been moved to the Midlands Prison.

The Sunday World understands disturbances at the prison broke out on the C1 landing at lunchtime on Christmas Eve.

Inmates on the landing smashed a number of spyholes on the cell doors and food was also thrown out onto the landings.

In the wake of the disturbances, Walsh and the two other inmates were moved to the Midlands Prison.

The man died in Mountjoy Prison authorities confirmed

The man died in Mountjoy Prison authorities confirmed

The second inmate cannot be named as he is facing a murder charge while the third inmate is not connected to gangland and is behind bars for causing a death by dangerous driving.

Walsh, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin was standing in the reception area when cops raided a warehouse in the Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole, Dublin on January 24 of 2018.

Inside, investigators discovered 15 firearms, including an AK47, and 1,300 rounds of ammunition.

The cartel had kitted out the warehouse to make it look like a legitimate business complete with a fully kitted out reception area.

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Gardai had launched a surveillance operation after receiving intelligence about the men and their work at the site.

Referring to Walsh, who has a number of previous convictions for public order offences, the judge noted the "reasonable possibility there might have been some kind of threat or coercion behind his actions".

He was sentenced to nine years in prison with one year suspended.

Two other men were also jailed in connection with the raid.

Kinahan cartel lieutenant Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody'

Kinahan cartel lieutenant Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody'

Declan Brady (53), known as ‘Mr Nobody’, “supervised and was in overall charge” of the “arsenal”, according to the three-judge Special Criminal Court, which sentenced him to 11-and-a-half years imprisonment with the final year suspended.

Jonathan Harding (49) – known as ‘Rocket Man’ – was sentenced to 10 years with one suspended over the haul.


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