Gardai turn up Kinahan heat in ‘directing crime’ investigation
Gardai are building a case against gang boss Daniel Kinahan in relation to his role as a major figure in organised crime.
The Herald can reveal that gardai are looking to question Kinahan as part of their investigations, but detectives are also now building a file with hopes of charging the Dubliner with membership of and directing an organised crime group.
Sources say that a large amount of material will be, and has been, gathered as part of the probe, but that gardai are focusing on charging the head of the Kinahan organised crime gang under anti-gangland legislation.
It came as a senior ranking garda yesterday declared its continued determination to crush the international crime gang which has “wrecked the lives of so many people in the community from where they came from themselves”.
The vow came from the top ranking head of Special Crime Operations, Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, following the conviction of three Kinahan associates yesterday for their part in a plot to murder Patsy Hutch in Dublin’s north inner city.
Mr O’Driscoll said: “There are other people clearly who are members of that crime group who are not yet charged with criminal convictions associated with being a member of that group.
“But ultimately it is our aim to ensure charges are brought against all members of that particular crime group and indeed a number of other crime groups that are trading drugs in Ireland and further afield.
“The people in the hierarchy of the crime group will be targeted, and while I may not mention any name in particular until such time as criminal charges, if we gather sufficient evidence, clearly the hierarchy of these organised crime groups are being targeted by us.
“It is ultimately our aim to dismantle the entire crime group. We have achieved some considerable success to date,” he explained.
“We are not going to finish our business until such time as everyone involved is brought before the courts, particularly those at the top tier.”
Dubai-based Kinahan has been identified in the High Court as a senior figure in organised crime here and the Kinahan crime group has also been found by the Special Criminal Court to carry out “execution type murders to protect its core activities”.
It came as Bob Yalen, president of MTK Global – the company Kinahan co-founded – reportedly told a publication that Daniel was to step away from boxing to “focus on other interests”, following weeks of controversy over the gang boss’ involvement in the sport and organising lucrative fights.
The Asst Commissioner spoke to reporters yesterday as he outlined the most up to date success of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau against criminal gangs in Ireland.
Figures compiled from March 2015 to June 2020 show that the bureau has seized €182m of illicit drugs, 122 firearms, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and €14.5m in cash. It also says it has thwarted 75 threats to life.