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Feud and drink Mob targets Patrick Hutch and James 'Mago' Gately drink tea in Dublin after Kinahan fixer jailed

Patrick Hutch, whose trial for murder at the Regency Hotel collapsed, and Gately, who has remained fiercely loyal to the Hutch faction, are free men while more than 60 Kinahan-linked mobsters are now behind bars with more facing serious charges.

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A smiling Patrick Hutch (left) with gun victim pal
James ‘Mago’ Gately taking a leisurely stroll around Dublin.

A smiling Patrick Hutch (left) with gun victim pal James ‘Mago’ Gately taking a leisurely stroll around Dublin.

A smiling Patrick Hutch (left) with gun victim pal James ‘Mago’ Gately taking a leisurely stroll around Dublin.

Mob targets James 'Mago' Gately and Patrick Hutch stroll around Dublin in a sure sign the Kinahan Mafia have been decimated by a five-year war on organised crime.

Days after Kinahan 'fixer' Peadar Keating pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to directing a plot to kill Gately, the pair look as if they haven't a care in the world as they enjoy lunch in a city café.

Patrick Hutch, whose trial for murder at the Regency Hotel collapsed, and Gately, who has remained fiercely loyal to the Hutch faction, are free men while more than 60 Kinahan-linked mobsters are now behind bars with more facing serious charges.

Gately, who has survived numerous hit attempts, is understood to be Daniel Kinahan's most-feared former pal, who holds secrets to the inner workings of his mob. Last month, a court was told how the Kinahan Cartel believed Gately was involved in the Regency Hotel shooting.

Patrick Hutch is a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, and the Kinahan cartel have targeted his father, Patsy.

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James Gately (right) with Patrick Hutch

James Gately (right) with Patrick Hutch

James Gately (right) with Patrick Hutch

This week, following Keating's guilty plea at the Special Criminal Court, the Sunday World can reveal how he is one of the highest-ranking Kinahan mobsters now facing a hefty sentence and is also suspected of hiring hitmen for other feud crimes.

Gardaí and the Spanish Guardia Civil believe that he was behind the recruitment of hapless hitman Glen Clarke who murdered innocent victims Trevor O'Neill in Mallorca and homeless man Martin O'Rourke in Dublin.

Keating, a sidekick of Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh, was in Mallorca at the time of the August 2016 murder of Trevor O'Neill and was also understood to have been in the same areas as Clarke.

The hitman was flown to Palma and promised a six-figure sum to murder Jonathan Hutch after 'The Monk's' nephew was spotted on a sun holiday with his family at the height of the feud murders. Clarke travelled on a fake passport and was picked up from Palma airport by an accomplice and driven to Costa De La Calma resort, which was thronged with holidaymakers.

There, it was arranged that Clarke (26) be given a gun and shown an escape route near the hotel where Hutch was staying with his family.

Clarke, dressed in a hoodie, ran at Hutch on a busy street but when his target sprinted down an alley to safety, he shot council worker Trevor O'Neill instead, in what officers believe was a fit of rage.

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Innocent shooting victim Trevor O'Neill.

Innocent shooting victim Trevor O'Neill.

Innocent shooting victim Trevor O'Neill.

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Patrick Hutch keeps his eyes peeled as he and Gately have lunch.

Patrick Hutch keeps his eyes peeled as he and Gately have lunch.

Patrick Hutch keeps his eyes peeled as he and Gately have lunch.

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Officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, working with the Guardia Civil based in Mallorca, identified Peadar Keating as being on the island when arrangements were made to shoot Hutch, after being spotted when he arrived for a package holiday.

Unbeknownst to Hutch, whose brother Gareth was gunned down in an inner-city flat complex, Mallorca was a stronghold of the Kinahan outfit headed up by Kavanagh.

Bomber's senior management structure had successfully remained under the radar in Mallorca, where they would regularly meet for crime summits in Kavanagh's vast waterfront villa.

Police on the Balearic island did not know that such a significant organised crime grouping was using the area as a base and even trying out drugs among tourists who flock there to party.

Officers believe that Jonathan Hutch was spotted as he arrived in Palma and was followed to the Costa De La Calma resort where busloads of Dubliners were ferried by tour companies.

The hotel he was staying in was identified and he was kept under surveillance as the mob scrambled to get a hitman on to the island. Clarke was at that time understood to be an associate of Keating and had already been involved in another unsuccessful hit, which resulted in the murder of innocent homeless man Martin O'Rourke on Sheriff Street in Dublin's north inner-city.

In that case, Clarke had been called on at short notice and cycled into an area near the Irish Financial Services Centre where Hutch associate Keith Murtagh was enjoying a drink.

He missed his target and instead shot O'Rourke, who had wandered into the area looking for drugs.

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Tragic shooting victim Martin O'Rourke.

Tragic shooting victim Martin O'Rourke.

Tragic shooting victim Martin O'Rourke.

The gunman fled on his bike, dumping the gun in a bin, leaving behind vital DNA which would later link him to the murder.

Months after the bungled Majorca hit, Clarke was found dead in a car in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was later linked to the shooting of Dean Johnson (21), who was caught in crossfire in Clondalkin in 2013 involving Kinahan mobsters and their rival James 'Nellie' Walsh.

Keating pleaded guilty this week to his role in directing a hit on Hutch target James 'Mago' Gately. The assassination attempt was thwarted when officers from the Garda's Drug and Organised Crime Bureau arrested international hitman Imre Arakas in April 2017 in a house in Blakestown.

Keating pleaded guilty to a charge of directing the activities of a criminal gang inside and outside the State between December 7, 2016 and April 4, 2017. The full facts of his role in the plot will be outlined in the Special Criminal Court on July 26.

Sources say that Keating was Kavanagh's main 'fixer' in Ireland along with Mr Nobody, Declan Brady, who organised his logistics and weaponry.

A month after Gately left Newry following discovery of the plot was shot in Dublin by another Kinahan hitman.

He survived as he was wearing a bullet proof vest but 29-year-old Caolan Smyth got 20 years in prison for the shooting.

Patrick Hutch was put on trial for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel but the State entered a nolle prosequi after a senior detective died in tragic circumstances.

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