'Blinged up' gangsters hop on ferry going to Premier League game
Published 21/04/2016 | 11:00
Gangsters Liam Byrne and Liam Roe were spotted on a ferry travelling from Dublin to Holyhead ahead of last night’s Premier League derby match between rivals Liverpool and Everton.
Sources said the duo looked “very blinged up” and were wearing expensive watches as they disembarked from the early morning sailing shortly after 10am at Holyhead in the company of four other men.
First cousins Byrne (35) and Roe (37) are key associates of the Christy Kinahan cartel, which is involved in the deadly feud with the Hutch mob that has already claimed five lives.
“They looked like they didn’t have a care in the world. All the indications are that they were going to the Liverpool football match,” a source said last night.
The duo were spotted by undercover gardai making a trip to the UK.
Liam Byrne was one of the main targets of high-profile raids by the Criminal Assets Bureau last month.
Around €1m worth of property and €100,000 in cash were seized when gardai raided 12 homes and six businesses in a series of dawn raids in the Crumlin area.
In the course of these searches, a betting slip on a Liverpool game was also recovered.
It’s understood the slip was found in the home of James Byrne, father of Liam Byrne.
It was for €38,500 and it was 4/7 that Liverpool would beat Newcastle last December 6.
A large amount of jewellery, 29 cars, SUVs and six motorbikes were also seized.
Officers discovered a jacuzzi and sauna room in the Crumlin home of Liam Byrne and a massive supply of champagne at the Raleigh Square property.
It later emerged that the collection of 29 top-end Mercedes, BMW, Golf GTI, Lexus and Landcruiser models, as well as six high-powered motorbikes, are being stored in a compound at the Defence Forces Training Centre (DFTC) in the Curragh Camp.
It is understood senior gardai made the decision to store the €1m fleet in the Curragh to prevent any attempts by the gang to either steal the vehicles or have them destroyed.
Other vehicles seized from the cartel since then have also been stored in the Curragh.
Liam Byrne is the older brother of cartel figure David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel gun attack.
Their cousin Liam Roe was present for the savage AK-47 shooting, which also led to two of their pals being injured.
On November 6 last, Roe survived an attempted murder outside Dublin’s Red Cow Hotel in an incident which is suspected of being carried out by associates of Gary Hutch, who had been shot dead in Spain six weeks earlier.
Roe was taking a cigarette break outside the hotel, where he was attending a boxing fundraiser, when the attempted assassination happened.
It is understood that
the hitman’s handgun jammed and Roe ran for cover before up to 50 associates of the Kinahan mob fled the venue in
high-powered SUVs and cars.
This incident led to a major escalation of the feud.