Gangster Wayne Bradley out of jail and not popular with former mob pals
Published 02/12/2015 | 10:15
Gangster Wayne Bradley covered his face and stuck his middle finger up at waiting photographers when he was released from high-security Portlaoise Prison shortly before noon yesterday.
Dressed in blue shorts and wearing a black jacket, Bradley left the jail when a car driven by a woman pulled up outside the prison to collect him.
The notorious Finglas criminal was then driven back to Dublin after he placed a large navy bag in the boot of the car.
Last night, as he readjusted to life outside prison, it emerged that Bradley (36) had fallen foul of some of his key former associates in the feared mob that was once led by slain criminal Eamon "The Don" Dunne.
"There is no doubt that Wayne faces an uncertain future, especially when you consider that his older brother Alan "Fatpuss" Bradley is not around to protect him.
"He is not the flavour of the month with a number of fellows that he used to pal around with when Eamon Dunne was alive, so he needs to be careful," a source said.
Bradley had been in Portlaoise Prison since last January, when he was transferred there after he was severely beaten in the exercise yard of Mountjoy Prison - an attack which left him in hospital for a fortnight.
He had been moved into the "general population" of the jail from the relatively cushy regime at the training unit at Mountjoy Prison after the Herald revealed that he had been breaching the terms of his temporary release.
Bradley had been photographed driving around in a Peugot car and visiting his Finglas home as well as updating his Facebook page.
He had been first moved to the training unit in Mountjoy Prison in September of last year and had been given daily temporary release to pursue a HGV driving course before returning to the jail at night.
However as an inmate, he was not allowed to drive a car or use his time off to spend at his home, or have a mobile phone.
Our investigation revealed that he was doing all these things, which led to his temporary release being revoked, just days before he was brutally attacked.
Wayne served a five-year jail sentence for his role as a look-out during a raid on a Tesco store in Celbridge in 2007 under the direction of slain gang boss Dunne while his brother Alan was serving a six-and-a-half year sentence.
His brother will not be released from Portlaoise Prison until late next year. Both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland on following a garda probe.