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desert rats Former Dublin mayor describes 'sense of relief' in city as Kinahan crime cartel targeted

'A lot of people here have seen how the authorities are finally making moves to take down the Kinahans'

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Cllr Nial Ring

Cllr Nial Ring

Cllr Nial Ring

Former Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring has revealed how there was a palpable “sense of relief” in the North Inner City, where the Hutch family lives, following this week’s extraordinary moves against the Kinahan crime cartel. 

Cllr Ring, who represents the area, said people in the community now believe that serious efforts are being made to take down the cartel that had wrought so much damage through its deadly feud with the Hutch gang.

“There’s great relief in the inner city,” Cllr Ring said. “A lot of people here have seen how the authorities are finally making moves to take down the Kinahans.”

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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. A local source who is close to the Hutch family said there was also relief amongst family members that the net “is really tightening around the Kinahans”

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. A local source who is close to the Hutch family said there was also relief amongst family members that the net “is really tightening around the Kinahans”

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. A local source who is close to the Hutch family said there was also relief amongst family members that the net “is really tightening around the Kinahans”

On Monday, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a press release in which it detailed sanctions against Daniel Kinahan, his father Christopher Snr and brother Christopher Jnr and other members of the "Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG) for their criminal activities".

A US government official quoted in the press release noted that KOCG smuggles narcotics to Europe, launders money and commits murders as part of its criminal enterprise.

The US government also announced a $5m reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the leaders of the Kinahan crime cartel.

“For the US to come in as they did, and the US Treasury putting the squeeze on them, these people in the desert, they’re like desert rats over there, proves to people here that the gang will be dismantled," Cllr Ring added.

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Cllr Ring has singled out Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who has led the Garda’s fight against the Kinahans

Cllr Ring has singled out Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who has led the Garda’s fight against the Kinahans

Cllr Ring has singled out Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who has led the Garda’s fight against the Kinahans

Cllr Ring also singled out Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who has led the Garda’s fight against the Kinahans and their associates, for his dedication.

“John O'Driscoll has consistently said and given reassurances that people will be brought to justice and people now believe him,” Cllr Ring said.

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“In fairness to John O'Driscoll, he said from the start, that they would bring people to justice and now people genuinely believe that this is going to happen.”

Another local source who is close to the Hutch family said there was also relief amongst family members that the net “is really tightening around the Kinahans” although they were still fears of retribution from members of the Kinahan gang.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said this week that the cartel had generated about €1 billion by leaving “addiction and violence in its wake”.

He added they had done this in many working class communities, such as the North inner city which Daniel Kinahan was seeking to control.

Assistant Garda Commissioner O'Driscoll said the Kinahan gang was now worth more than one billion euro through its criminal enterprise.

He said the Regency Hotel shooting in 2016 represented "defining time" for gardaí because it had demonstrated that the gang's commitment to "a campaign of murder".

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