Gardaí dismantling Kinahan Organised Crime Group, says Assistant Commissioner
Updated / Thursday, 4 Feb 2021 17:30
The Head of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has said that gardaí are dismantling the Kinahan organised crime group.
The gang has been found by the Special Criminal Court to be responsible for drug trafficking and gangland murders and is involved in an ongoing feud with the Hutch organised crime group, which has so far cost 18 lives.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said today that in the last two years, 65 people have been jailed for longer than five years each for organised crime offences
He said this high rate of convictions was damaging the Kinahan gang.
Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll said that since the murder at the Regency Hotel five years ago, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has seized over €208.5m in drugs, 133 firearms, including military weapons, 5,561 rounds of ammunition and €21.7m in cash.
So far this year, another €4m in cash has been recovered.
Daniel Kinahan, who is currently living in Dubai, has been found by the High Court to control and manage the Kinahan organised crime group.
The Assistant Commissioner said officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau had visited the United Arab Emirates and had been in contact with the authorities there.
He said the gardaí had been co-operating with law enforcement in the UK, Northern Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia in their investigations into the Kinahan gang.
The Assistant Commissioner said they had no reason to believe they were not also going to receive assistance from the authorities in the UAE.
He also said that garda evidence in relation to the convictions of many Kinahan gang members for a variety of offences, including murder, has proved robust, reliable and has been accepted in the courts.
Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll rejected the claims by Daniel Kinahan that garda evidence was “opinion presented as fact”.
The Assistant Commissioner said the Kinahan gang had been engaged in a campaign of disinformation in relation to the murder at the Regency Hotel, which escalated the ongoing feud.
He pointed out that the production of a movie, a rap video and a song was evidence of the capacity and resources of the gang to engage in what he called “fake news”, and the fact that it could incur the “considerable expense” to produce such “disinformation”.
He also said the investigation into the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016 was not yet over, but was active and ongoing.
Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll added that the Director of Public Prosecutions had still not directed on all the evidence that gardaí had provided in this case.