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'best life' Kinahan enforcer Gerard Mackin laps up sunshine in Spain as his associates remain behind bars

Mackin was given refuge in the Middle East after the Regency attack

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Mackin is known as one of Northern Ireland's most dangerous criminals

Mackin is known as one of Northern Ireland's most dangerous criminals

Mackin is known as one of Northern Ireland's most dangerous criminals

New INLA thug Gerard Mackin has appeared on Instagram lapping it up in the sunshine in Spain - while his close associates remain behind bars for Hutch-Kinahan feud killings.

Mackin was part of a crime cell who allied themselves with Daniel Kinahan’s gang after the Regency Hotel shooting in Dublin in 2016.

His associates have been linked to the killings of Gareth Hutch and Michael Barr.

But now, gang enforcer Mackin has now appeared on a social media account connected to him holding a small dog called ‘Gigi’.

The person who posted the snap added, ‘Gigi living her best life’, while another posted ‘there is my big chum hope he is keeping well’.

In another post a woman is pictured with Mackin beside a swimming pool.

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Gerard Mackin

Gerard Mackin

Gerard Mackin

Two of Mackin's close associates are currently serving life for the murder of Gareth Hutch who was killed as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Jonathan Keogh (35) and Thomas Fox (33) were convicted at the Special Criminal Court in 2018 of the murder of Gareth Hutch, the nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

Keogh's sister, Regina, is also serving a life sentence for the crime.

The mother-of-five was found guilty of murdering Hutch by colluding with her gunman brother.

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Gerard Mackin being released from Castlerea prison.

Gerard Mackin being released from Castlerea prison.

Gerard Mackin being released from Castlerea prison.

Jonathan Keogh, Fox and Mackin were close pals who got involved in the so-called ‘New INLA’ which backed the Kinahan cartel for cash in their bitter feud with the Hutch mob which has claimed up to 18 lives.

Another New INLA member, Eamon Cumberton (33), is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of dissident republican Michael Barr who was killed in April 2016 as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Mackin has a feared reputation in the criminal underworld.

He was previously jailed for his role in a "depraved and barbaric" assault in which a 53-year old man was nailed to a kitchen floor with a nail-gun.

He was given a three-year jail sentences at the Special Criminal Court for assaulting the man in Co Limerick in September 2015.

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Eamon Cumberton with Johnny Keogh

Eamon Cumberton with Johnny Keogh

Eamon Cumberton with Johnny Keogh

When Mackin was refused bail last year in relation to the offence, a senior detective told Limerick District Court that the crime related to an attempt to extort money from the victim, who is a member of the Traveller community.

Det David Bourke said Mackin has formed a group involved in the extortion of money from Travellers and has "filled the void left by the demise of the Dundons under the veil of the IRA or INLA dissident groups".

Mackin, who is from west Belfast, has been in a number of serious underworld scrapes since he was cleared of the 2008 murder of Eddie Burns as part of a dissident feud in the North.

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