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Thirteen members of Kinahan Organised Crime Group who were jailed in 2021

The once-mighty cartel has had a bad year in 2021
Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Alan Sherry

THE Kinahan cartel was dealt a number of blows this year as several of their key players were given lengthy jail sentences this year.

Key associates of the gang including Trevor Byrne, Peader Keating, Declan ‘Mr Nobody’ Brady and Caolan Smyth were among those to be sentenced to years behind bars in what was a bad year for the cartel.

In July, Kinahan gang member Trevor Byrne was jailed for a total of 17.5 years for firearms offences and for the armed robbery of a bookmakers, after which he hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.

Byrne, from Cappagh Road, Finglas, Dublin, has a long history of involvement in organised crime.

Trevor Byrne striking a pose behind bars

Trevor Byrne striking a pose behind bars

Gardaí suspect Byrne was actively involved in the Kinahan-Hutch feud and quizzed him over gangland gun attacks, including the murder of Eddie "Ned" Hutch (58), who was shot dead in 2016 just days after the Regency Hotel shootings.

He was also previously blamed by John Gilligan for hit attempts on him in 2013 and 2014.

While Gilligan blamed him for the attacks, Byrne never faced any charges in relation to them.

In December notorious criminal Alan Wilson was jailed for 10 years for his role in a plot to murder three men outside the Player's Lounge pub in 2010.

Three men who were not the intended targets were injured in the shooting outside the north Dublin pub which was run by the father of former Ireland footballer Anthony Stokes.

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson

Real IRA gang member Alan Ryan was the intended target of the attack as he had been feuding at the time with criminals from south west Dublin.

Wilson, who was named in court as a member of the Kinahan gang but denied he is member of the gang, is already serving a sentence for conspiring to murder Hutch associate Gary Hanley as part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud in Dublin 2017.

Wilson was previously acquitted of the murder of teenager Marioara Rostas. The 18-year-old had been shot four times in the head before her body was buried in a shallow grave where it was discovered four years later, in 2012.

Several Kinahan-linked criminals were jailed this year as part of plots to kill Hutch associate James Mago Gately.

Most of them were jailed for their involvement in a plot for Estonian hitman Imre Arakas to murder Gately in April 2017.

Stephen Fowler (62) was sentenced to six years and nine months with 15 months suspended at the Special Criminal Court in October for his "logistical" involvement in the murder plot between December 7, 2016, and April 4, 2017.

Criminal Stephen Fowler

Criminal Stephen Fowler

The court previously heard that Fowler had taken responsibility for a debt associated with his son Eric Fowler (34), who was shot dead in his driveway at Blakestown Cottages in December 2018.

Fowler was under surveillance when he picked up Arakas outside Barry’s Hotel in Dublin and brought him to his home at Blakestown Cottages on April 3, 2017.

He was arrested with Arakas the following day.

In November Douglas Glynn pleaded guilty to placing a tracker device on Gately's car in Belfast in 2017 as part of the foiled murder plot.

Glynn (37) of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin 1, had originally pleaded not guilty but in November changed his plea to guily to participating in activities of a criminal organisation, contrary to Section 72 (1) (A) of the Criminal Justice Act.

Douglas Glynn Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

Douglas Glynn Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

Clondalkin gangster Peader Keating was the main Irish based criminal directing the plot on the ground.

In September he was jailed for 11 years for directing the crime group in the plot.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that Keating, of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, Dublin, was a "senior figure" for the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, which he described as being a "well-organised, complex, sinister and dangerous organisation".

Peader (Peter) Keating

Peader (Peter) Keating

He was spotted in the vicinity of Gately’s apartment complex in Belfast in the days before Arakas arrived into Ireland first checking CCTV cameras before returning a second when a tracking device was placed on Gately’s car.

Another tracking device had been placed on a vehicle belonging to a relative of Gately.

Keating has close links to senior Kinahan cartel figure Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh who is currently in prison in the UK as he awaits sentencing over his operation smuggling over €45m worth of cannabis and cocaine.

Thomas 'Bomber’ Kavanagh

Thomas 'Bomber’ Kavanagh

He was also the brother-in-law of Kinahan money launderer Jason Carroll who was shot dead in 2013.

David ‘Blinky’ Duffy, who was recruited into the plot by Keating, was sentenced to five years for his involvement in July.

Duffy, from Greenfort Lawns in Clondalkin, booked flights for Arakas, sourced a vehicle used by the gang and sourced a tracking device placed on Gately’s car.

He was also involved in planned cleaning of a car of fingerprints, has a pack of SIM cards intended for use in burner phones and he was in "frequent" contact with Keating over the plot.

When the Arakas plot on Gately’s life was foiled by gardai, the cartel wasted no time in arranging another plot.

On May 10, 2017 just weeks after gardai foiled the Arakas plot, Kinahan gunman Caolan Smyth shot Gately five times outside the Topaz petrol station near Dublin Airport.

Gately, who was wearing a bullet proof vest and received treatment from an off-duty nurse at the scene, survived the attack.

Four of the shots hit the bullet proof vest while one hit Gately’s jaw.

Smyth had Gately under surveillance before carrying out the shooting.

Caolan Smyth

Caolan Smyth

He had strong links to other figures in the Kinahan cartel and was also involved in separate feud in Coolock and surrounding areas.

Smyth was himself the target of a murder plot by associates of Sean Little who was shot dead as part of that feud.

Little’s associates blamed Smyth for the shooting.

Smyth was sentenced to 20 years for the hit attempt in February this year and shouted “five World Cups and I’ll be out” at his sentence hearing.

Senior cartel figure Thomas Bomber Kavanagh, who is already serving a three year sentence for possession of a stun gun, is currently awaiting sentence on for conspiracy to import class A and B drugs and money laundering.

Kavanagh along with his co-accused Gary Vickery and Daniel Canning will be sentenced next year for those offences.

Gary Vickery being extradited

Gary Vickery being extradited

Vickery was arrested in the Canaries in November in a joint operation between Spanish and UK police after his continued failure to turn up at court after being given bail.

He didn't appear when he was due to be remanded in custody, and at the end of July a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In July senior Kinahan Cartel lieutenant Declan Brady, who had already been serving a sentence for overseeing a firearms arsenal for the cartel, was been jailed for seven years and three months for laundering crime cash in July.

Declan Brady was arrested when gardai uncovered an arsenal of weapons in Rathcoole, Dublin, in 2017.

Kinahan cartel lieutenant Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody'

Kinahan cartel lieutenant Declan Brady, aka 'Mr Nobody'

Brady, who was given the nickname Mr Nobody because he had remained under the radar for years while pretending to be a legitimate businessman, was overseeing the transport of weapons and drugs into Ireland at the height of the Kinahan-Hutch war.

Gardai believe UK-based associates of Kavanagh helped get the weapons into Ireland.

The premises was set up to look like a branch of a legitimate UK logistics company but gardai raided it and found an arsenal of weapons which included nine revolvers, four semi-automatic pistols, a sub-machine gun, an assault rifle and 1,355 rounds of ammunition.

Two other cartel associates arrested over the weapons haul Jonathan Harding, of McNeill Court, Sallins, Co Kildare, was sentenced to ten years with one suspended, while James Walsh, from Neilstown Drive in Clondalkin, was sentenced to nine years with one suspended.

Another man Sean Ruth from Stradbrook, Stradbally Road in Portlaoise, was sentenced to three years after DNA linked him to a firearm found at the Rathcoole premises.

Jonathan Harding (48) was sentenced to five years and three months' jail for laundering over €342,000

Jonathan Harding (48) was sentenced to five years and three months' jail for laundering over €342,000

Brady was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison after he admitted supervising the firearms arsenal.

In April this year he also admitted to money laundering offences and was sentenced to seven years and three months.

James Walsh was also charged with money laundering offences and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison in July.


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