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Furious relative of innocent man murdered by Kinahan cartel slams Daniel Kinahan’s claims he’s ‘chosen God and love’

  • 9 Feb 2021, 7:30

A FURIOUS relative of an innocent man murdered by the Kinahan cartel last night slammed Daniel Kinahan’s claims he has “chosen God and love”.

The relative of Noel Kirwan — who was shot dead by a cartel hitman just two days before Christmas in 2016 — branded Kinahan’s statement to TalkSport radio in the UK yesterday as “disgraceful”.

Daniel Kinahan's statement to TalkSport radio has been slammed as 'disgraceful'
Daniel Kinahan’s statement to TalkSport radio has been slammed as ‘disgraceful’
Kinahan with two-time boxing world champion Tyson Fury
Kinahan with two-time boxing world champion Tyson Fury
Noel Kirwan was shot dead by a cartel hitman just two days before Christmas in 2016
Noel Kirwan was shot dead by a cartel hitman just two days before Christmas in 2016Credit: Collect

In his statement, Kinahan — the man named as a “controller and manager” of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group at the High Court — insisted he had dedicated his life to his family and boxing “in good and honest faith” before maintaining that he will “continue to always choose love and choose God in my future as I do in my present”.

It’s the third statement Kinahan, who’s worked with Tyson Fury, has issued in the last year as he bids to improve his image in boxing.

But Noel’s relative — who is too terrified to be named after threats were issued to the BBC Panorama team following a documentary broadcast last week on Kinahan’s links to boxing — told how the legacy of the Kinahan cartel in Ireland was one of “pain and misery”.

KINAHAN ‘HAS NO CONSCIENCE’

They said: “Daniel Kinahan has no conscience; we all know the trauma his associates have caused.

We have seen what they have done to innocent people, what would happen if people started to speak out? More innocent lives would be lost.

Noel Kirwan was a completely innocent man and yet a person of interest in that case is a close associate of Daniel Kinahan and is living alongside him in Dubai.

I don’t know how he can refer to God and love considering the lives that have been destroyed over the last 20 years.

This statement is once again about money and another pathetic attempt by the leader of a criminal organisation to legitimise himself.”

The relative added: “I think the only way of addressing these claims is for the Gardai to do everything in their power to bring charges against Kinahan. We all know the devastation his gang have caused, it’s time those in boxing also knew the real Daniel Kinahan.”

KINAHAN’S PR STUNT

In his latest PR stunt, Kinahan told Talk Sport yesterday: “I have tried my best to ignore the allegations that are constantly made about me. I have dedicated myself to work in boxing for over 15 years.

I have started from the bottom and worked my way up. I am proud to say today that I have helped organise over a dozen major world title fights. I continue to be involved in planning multiple record-breaking and exciting world title fights. I’m doing all I can to give fight fans around the world the fights they want.

I’m Irish. I was born and raised in Dublin in a deprived area with serious levels of poverty, of crime, of under investment. People like me, from there, aren’t expected to do anything with their lives other than serve the middle and upper classes. Boxing is a working class sport for which I’ve had a lifelong love and passion.

I love the sport of boxing but didn’t love how business was done. Many boxers have similar backgrounds to me. I got into boxing to make sure that boxers get fairly rewarded and not taken advantage of. The boxers put their lives on the line. It’s my mission to ensure that the boxers are financially secure when they finish boxing, and healthy too.

Let’s not forget, the money in boxing is put there one way or another by the fans, sponsors and TV companies — not by me or anyone else — and they put it there to watch the fighters. The fighters deserve their fair share.”

CAMPAIGN CLAIM

And Kinahan, named in Spanish police files as head of “La Organizacion”, said he believes there is a campaign against him because of his success in boxing.

But he failed to mention his ties to some of the most dangerous criminals in Ireland and Europe. He also failed to mention incidents which left an innocent boxer shot outside his home in Spain in 2014 or many of his friends now languishing in prison.

He added: “I firmly believe my success has led to an increase in the campaign against me.

“Pretty much anything can be said about me, or inferred about me, and it goes unchallenged and is sadly believed.”

He denied he was behind any threat to the BBC Panorama team following last week’s programme, saying: “Last week it was inferred that I had threatened a reporter.

“Let me be clear on this point before I address the other allegations against me, I have full respect for journalism. I have worked with journalists and I value their role.

Journalists should always be free to do their job, free from any threat or harassment. I have never threatened a reporter or journalist or asked anyone to do that for me. I never have and I never would.”

He also whined: “My concern is that I have not been on the receiving end of fair and credible journalism, especially in the UK and Ireland. The recent BBC Panorama programme is a good example. This was a rehash of unsubstantiated allegations that have been made previously on many occasions.

“It was unashamedly sensationalist and devoid of evidence or critical analysis. They refused to publish the statement I made in advance of the programme or even question the fundamental claim that an Irish court accepted . . . 

“That Irish Court is the SCC, a court with no jury, and which accepts the word of police officers without question. It is criticised by both the UN and Amnesty International. This latest report follows a long pattern of throwing innuendo and baseless accusations at me hoping that some may stick.

I can’t be any clearer on the fundamental slur — I am not a part of a criminal gang or any conspiracy. I have no convictions. None. Not just in Ireland but anywhere in the world.”

KINAHAN REMAINS ‘PERSON OF INTEREST’

He also asked why he had not been brought to court before, adding: “I’m blessed with an amazing family. I’m blessed to work in boxing at the highest level having organised some of the biggest fights in boxing previously and in the future.

“I will continue working every day to bring out the best in, and look after, the boxers I am lucky enough to work with.

I have chosen to dedicate my life to my family and my work. I do so every day in good and honest faith. I will continue to always choose love and choose God in my future as I do in my present.”

Kinahan’s latest PR drive stunt comes as he continues to remain as a “person of interest” in three ongoing investigations by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

They are the plot to whack former pal James ‘Mago’ Gately in April 2017, and the attempted murders of Gary Hanley in November 2017 and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch’s brother Patsy in March 2018.

During the plot to murder Hanley, cartel lieutenant Liam Brannigan was secretly recorded by gardai boasting that he was talking to ‘D’ last night who was giving instructions on their murder mission.

Kinahan’s rant also comes after one of the Gardai’s most senior figures addressed the cartel’s ongoing “fake news” campaign” — including a book, rap video and so-called ‘documentary’, which all make false and groundless claims about the State and the Gardai.

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