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Taoiseach says government ‘will not rest’ until crime gangs are brought to justice after Daniel Kinahan documentary

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin insisted last night there is nowhere for criminals and gangsters to hide in Ireland.

The Fianna Fail leader also vowed the Government “will not rest” until every gangland figure is brought to justice.

He told the Irish Mirror: “The Regency Hotel attack five years ago was a shocking escalation of gangland criminality and a murder which sparked a raft of deadly reprisals.

“The gardai are making huge strides in clamping down on the scourge of organised crime and the message is clear – there is nowhere for criminals to hide in Ireland.

“In the last Budget, this Government allocated a record investment in justice to recruit more than 600 additional frontline gardai in 2021.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin speaking in Cork (Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision)

“We will not rest until every gangland figure that deals in death and destruction is brought to justice.”

Exiled Kinahan was the focus of a BBC Panorama expose on his involvement in a boxing management business that was broadcast to a massive Irish and global TV audience.

MTK was formerly run by Kinahan, who has been named in the courts here as the leader of an international organised crime cartel involved in drugs and gun smuggling.

He stepped away from the business in February 2017 – around 12 months after the brazen murder of David Byrne during a weigh-in event at the Regency Hotel.

But the company – which looks after 250 boxers – confirmed to the TV team the Dubliner still advises some fighters.

Daniel Kinahan at the funeral of David Byrne at St Nicolas of Myra Church on Francis Street, Dublin (Image: Colin Keegan, Collins)
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Lawyers for MTK Global told the programme: “It is true that Mr Kinahan provides some personal advice to a number of boxers managed by MTK Global and we are instructed that Mr Kinahan also provides such advisory services to boxers who are managed by other worldwide boxing management companies too.”

They said the 43-year-old had never owned, controlled or been an employee of MTK Global.

Panorama spoke to numerous UK and Irish boxing insiders who said they were alarmed about Kinahan’s power and influence in the sport.

However, all of them were too frightened to appear on camera, apart from former world champion Barry McGuigan.

Barry McGuigan (Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The boxing manager, who insisted that there was an element of terror around the Kinahan name, said: “There is no doubt there is an intimidation effect, there is no question about that.

“If we were to believe what we believe, this is a very dangerous man.

“Someone has got to look out for this sport. They really need to look at this situation very carefully because it’s bloody dangerous.”

The Criminal Assets Bureau alleged Kinahan “controlled and managed” the operations of the Kinahan organised crime group. The Kinahan cartel waged war on the Hutch faction after the 2016 murder of Byrne, which sparked the bloody feud that left 18 people – and three innocent men – dead.

He moved to Dubai in 2016 and the police believe the Kinahan family is now running the drug cartel from there.

Ireland has no extradition agreement with that country but senior officers and ministers are confident this will not stop the Kinahans being eventually deported

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll said they had been successful in identifying members of the cartel, although he declined to confirm any names.

He said: “I think it is reasonable to assume that we will achieve our ultimate objective, which is to put the Kinahan organised crime group out of business and to bring the hierarchy of the crime group before the courts.”

More than 30 people linked to the Kinahan cartel have already been jailed here.

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The American Drug Enforcement Agency told Panorama it was not able to comment on the activities of the Kinahan cartel because it is part of an ongoing investigation.

Kinahan’s involvement in the world of boxing caused an outcry last June when it emerged he had been working as a personal adviser to world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

The British boxer had posted a Twitter video in which he thanked the alleged mob boss for arranging his much-anticipated title fight with Anthony Joshua later this year.

Kinahan’s role in the sport was raised in both the Dail and the UK House of Commons.

His lawyers have claimed he has no criminal convictions and the “wild allegations” about him running a violent cartel are false.

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