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'Northern b**tards' 'Border bandits' on lockdown in prison over fears they will be targeted by Kinahan gang

A source told us: "The Kinahans on A-Block have issues with 'the Northern B**tards'.

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Stephen Duffy, Ciaran Duffy and Gerard Duffy have all been sentenced for their roles in ATM thefts

Stephen Duffy, Ciaran Duffy and Gerard Duffy have all been sentenced for their roles in ATM thefts

Stephen Duffy, Ciaran Duffy and Gerard Duffy have all been sentenced for their roles in ATM thefts

BORDER bandit brothers Stephen, Gerard and Ciaran Duffy are on lockdown in Portlaoise Prison over fears they will be targeted by Kinahan-aligned inmates.

The brothers, from Monaghan, have been housed on A-Block in the top security prison, where senior cartel figures are already held and have been heard to refer to the brothers as "Northern b**tards".

The slur comes despite the fact Monaghan is one of three Ulster counties located in the Republic.

A source told us: "The Kinahans on A-Block have issues with 'the Northern B**tards'.

"Although they accepted [Aaron] Brady - who is also on A-Block - as one of their own, the Duffy brothers are not wanted on A-Block and can't mix at all."

The situation has also seen garda killer Aaron Brady, who is under the protection of the cartel inmates, avoiding all contact with Daniel O'Callaghan - a former GAA clubmate of Brady's with Crossmaglen Rangers.

Former All-Ireland winner O'Callaghan was sentenced to 10 years on Monday for his 'central role' in panning the raids that saw him and the Duffy brothers steal almost €800,000 in a five-month period between 2018 and 2019.

O'Callaghan has fared better than the Duffy siblings since his arrival in the prison.

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Daniel O'Callaghan

Daniel O'Callaghan

Daniel O'Callaghan

He is being kept in general population on C-Block, which means he is not considered to be at risk of harm from other inmates.

Asked whether Aaron Brady and O'Callaghan had any interaction since the latter was moved to the prison, our source said: "No, they're not friendly."

One reason for the lack of interaction between the former clubmates is the fact that garda killer Brady is under the protection on A-Block of cartel inmates Lee Canavan and a second cartel killer - who cannot be named as he is before the courts on separate serious charges.

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Canavan was jailed for life for the murder of Daithi Douglas in May of 2021 and is also a suspect for the brutal Gary Hutch killing in Spain that led to the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud.

While steering clear of O'Callaghan, Brady has been spending time with two of the country's most notorious killers.

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Daniel O'Callaghan of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh

Daniel O'Callaghan of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh

Daniel O'Callaghan of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh

"Aaron Brady is on the same unit as Warren Dumbrell and Stephen Egan," our source said.

"That trio are very tight and do gym together daily.

"Brady has really beefed up from boxing sessions."

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Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady

The growing Kinahan contingent in Portlaoise Prison also includes Peadar Keating and David Duffy - who head up the faction on C-Block.

Keating is one of the most senior members of the Kinahan cartel to be jailed.

He received an 11-year sentence for directing the failed murder attempt on Hutch associate James 'Mago' Gately in 2017.

The plan was foiled when Estonian hitman Imre Arakas was arrested and a weapon seized after he travelled to Ireland for the hit.

David Duffy, meanwhile, is serving five years for his role in the plot to kill Gately.

He booked flights for Arakas to come to Ireland.

The jailing of former All-Ireland-winning club footballer Daniel O'Callaghan on Monday brought to five the number of people banged up for their participation in a well-oiled crime group that carried out ATM raids along the border.

Daniel O'Callaghan (32) was described in court as a central member of the gang that stole almost €800,000 in a five-month period between 2018 and 2019.

The criminal network had targeted five cash machines but were finally caught during a Garda surveillance operation in Cavan.

On Monday, the Special Criminal Court described the crimes as "audacious and meticulous" and resulted in "eye-watering sums" being stolen.

Ms Justice Tara Burns said that O'Callaghan, from Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, was a "planner" and played a "central role" in the raids.

The accused was identified by surveillance officers and managed to flee the scene but was later arrested.

The judge said he was caught "red-handed" but denied the charges and went on trial. In January, the non-jury court convicted O'Callaghan of 16 offences including theft, criminal damage and money laundering.

The former GAA star was also found guilty of the theft of an ATM in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in April 2019. He was handed down concurrent jail terms, the most serious of which was for involvement in a criminal gang, for which he received a 10-year sentence.

The sentence was backdated to January 18 last when O'Callaghan first went into custody.

Brothers Stephen, Gerard and Ciaran Duffy were jailed last week for their key roles with the ATM theft gang.

Stephen Duffy (35), of Tullynahinera in Castleblayney, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for possessing stolen cash at The Yard in Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath.

Gerard Duffy (31), of Loughnamore in Monaghan, was jailed for a total of seven years and nine months for the attempted theft of an ATM at the Riverfront Restaurant in Virginia, Co. Cavan.

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Gerard Duffy

Gerard Duffy

Gerard Duffy

The youngest sibling, Ciaran (28), also of Loughnamore in Monaghan, was given a total of seven years and nine months imprisonment for the attempted bank machine theft and participating in the movement in cash on behalf of a criminal organisation.

A fifth gang member, GAA referee Niall Finnegan (39) from Armagh, was previously jailed for three years for handling the gang's stolen cash.

The gang targeted bank machines in Ballybay and Castleblayney in Monaghan, Kingscourt in Cavan, and two ATMs on the same night in Kells, Co. Meath.

The crimes were carried out between December 2018 and April 2019 prior to the botched Virginia robbery that August.

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