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Flash in the pan Mr Flashy's Finglas HQ boarded up as gang abandons Dublin 'fortress'

Notorious young mob boss is out of sight since weapons and cash discovered in police operation

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'Mr Flashy' HQ raid by Gardai

'Mr Flashy' HQ raid by Gardai

'Mr Flashy' HQ raid by Gardai

This is the now boarded-up and unoccupied property which had been used as a headquarters for the 'Mr Flashy' drugs mob for years.

The property on Ratoath Drive, in Finglas, remains idle this weekend after gardaí raided the property earlier this month and the local authority took possession of the notorious safe-house which had been used to plan drug deals and mob hits for at least five years.

Once described as a "gangland fortress" it had been the subject of numerous raids by armed gardaí since 2017.

It had bullet-proof windows and doors and an elaborate CCTV system. It is understood that the local authority has recently bought it from a person who has no involvement in crime.

Apart from the numerous garda raids, it has also been shot at and attacked with bombs over the years.

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The property on Ratoath Drive, Finglas.

The property on Ratoath Drive, Finglas.

The property on Ratoath Drive, Finglas.

But on every occasion that it was damaged, junior gang members would quickly clean up the mess and new windows and other fittings would be installed as "business" continued as normal in the property.

Tensions have eased for the moment in Finglas after an outbreak of violence began at the end of last month which led to a brutal assault, shooting incidents and a botched bomb attack.

Senior sources say that gardaí have taken back control of the situation in recent weeks and the drug dealer known as 'Mr Flashy' has not been seen around the area since a number of innocent women linked to him were forced to flee their homes in fear.

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‘Mr Flashy’

‘Mr Flashy’

‘Mr Flashy’

A major part of the garda response was the seizure of the HQ in a move which happened as part of an operation in which officers recovered two "heavy duty" firearms, more than €47,000 in cash and 300 rounds of ammunition during raids where local officers were backed up by members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

The Sunday World previously revealed that 'Mr Flashy', who is aged in his late 20s, was under 'severe pressure' after a number of rival mobs joined forces to target his crew when a vicious dispute broke out after thugs assaulted a close associate of the gangster and stole a high-end watch from him on a Dublin Bus.

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This led to a number of tit-for-tat incidents, including a grenade attack where an innocent family had a lucky escape when a bomb was mistakenly thrown at their home as part of an escalating gangland feud involving the 'Mr Flashy' drugs mob.

It has now emerged that some of the gangsters who have decided to go up against 'Mr Flashy's' mob have started fighting among themselves.

"There was a group of members of two of these crews drinking in a pub last Monday when an incident broke out," a source told the Sunday World.

"These are fellas from the Kippure and Berryfield areas - a lot of them are barely adults but things got sloppy in the pub when one of this new generation started fighting with other criminals there.

"It is reported that he pulled a knife in the pub and tried to stab another lad, which led to the Gardaí being called.

"Things were tense enough that there was a big Garda presence in the locality in the aftermath of this incident, which meant that all those involved were able to make it home safely.

"But what happened in the pub shows that the crews who had kind of united to take on the 'Mr Flashy' crowd are well capable of fighting among themselves as well.

"While everything has been fairly calm out here over the past couple of weeks what happened the other night shows that violence can break out at anytime.

"A lot of those involved in the crime and feuds are very unstable and dangerous people" the source explained.

The young criminal at the centre of the pub incident is closely associated with a juvenile who suffered a bad assault from the 'Mr Flashy' grouping in which he was attacked with a wheel brace, hammer and golf club.

After the assault the teenager was rushed to Children's Health Ireland (CHI) Hospital at Temple Street but he has since been discharged.

However, the juvenile who has no criminal convictions suffered a fractured eye socket and broken nose along with other injuries and it is understood that he will need reconstructive surgery on his face.

Despite concerns, there has been no major incidents in Finglas since the pub incident last Monday.

And all remains calm at the 'Mr Flashy' gang's former HQ.

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Trevor Byrne pictured celebrating his 40th birthday in Mountjoy jail

Trevor Byrne pictured celebrating his 40th birthday in Mountjoy jail

Trevor Byrne pictured celebrating his 40th birthday in Mountjoy jail

'Mr Flashy' was mentored by Kinahan cartel criminal Trevor Byrne (41), who is serving lengthy sentences for separate firearms offences, armed robbery and false imprisonment.

It was Byrne who first started using the property for various criminal enterprises before he fled the county shortly after the Hutch/Kinahan feud broke out in 2016.

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