Bozo Nellie, Walsh, has Returned to Ronanstown? A Right Thug, with an Ego?

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Gardaí say gangland target James ‘Nellie’ Walsh is ‘throwing his weight around’ at his Dublin home

 

Gangland target James “Nellie” Walsh has returned to his native Ronanstown in west Dublin after fleeing his Wexford home.

Walsh (36) survived an assassination attempt 13 days ago in a housing estate in Carlow.

Six weeks earlier, he survived a machine gun attack in Tallaght.

Informed sources say Walsh has returned to Ronanstown and has been “throwing his weight around”.

It is unclear how long he will stay in the area, as he told gardaí in the aftermath of the latest attempt on his life that he intended to relocate to the UK.

Sources say it is a “strange choice” to return to Ronanstown, given that the criminals Walsh is feuding with are also based in west Dublin.

A tracker was placed on the vehicle that Walsh travelled in before the ambush in October at Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, in which multiple rounds were fired from an Uzi machine gun.

Gardaí investigating the Carlow attack did not find a tracker on Walsh’s car, but did discover a bullet lodged in the rear of the vehicle.

Officers in Carlow are trawling through hundreds of hours of CCTV in an attempt to establish the movements of the car that was involved in the drive-by shooting. However, poor quality lighting on the night of the shooting is hampering the investigation.

Walsh is refusing to co-operate with the inquiry. There have been no arrests in either case.

​Gardaí believe Walsh was “most likely” set up by his own gang, on behalf of criminals linked to jailed Kinahan cartel member Peadar Keating, with whom Walsh has been involved in a bitter feud that has claimed four lives.

Walsh had travelled from Co Wexford on the evening of December 5 to the Laurels housing estate in Carlow with a female companion to buy a Vauxhall Insignia car, when a gunman pulled up alongside and opened fire on him.

Last Friday, a brother of the car seller told the Sunday World that one of the gunman’s bullets struck the front window of the family home where his sisters aged 9 and 10 were being minded by his mother and grandfather.

A second bullet hit the car Walsh had just bought. A total of four shots were fired at him from a 9mm pistol.

The man said his brother had never had any dealings with Walsh before he came to buy the car. ​

Walsh was released from prison last July after serving a 10-year sentence for a botched hit on gang rival Michael Frazer.

Frazer was shot in the car park of the Church of the Transfiguration in Clondalkin, on March 26, 2014 — but managed to seek sanctuary at a garda station.

During the attack Walsh shot himself in the leg while fleeing the scene.

While in jail, Walsh was also targeted in assaults and attempted knife attacks by his gang rivals — and he is considered one of the most under-threat people in the country.

Last week it emerged that he attempted to taunt his bitter gangland enemies by visiting pubs wearing a bulletproof vest, and revealing to shocked punters that he had been the target of a machine gun attack weeks earlier.

Senior sources say that gardaí were left “baffled” at Walsh’s behaviour in the small Co Wexford community where he was recently living.

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