'Dapper Don' Kinahan puts gang war on hold for lavish 60th birthday party in Dubai
Notorious mob boss Christy Kinahan put his war with the Hutch gang to one side last week as he threw a lavish party in Dubai to celebrate his 60th birthday.
A large number of his wealthy business associates from Belgium, Spain and Holland were all in attendance at the bash in the millionaires' playground.
It is understood that Kinahan relocated to Dubai due partly to the increasing threat resulting from the bitter feud with the Hutch faction.
The safety of his family, along with a Europol probe into his massive drug and money laundering business, were at the centre of his concerns.
His sons Daniel and Christy Jnr are also understood to have attended the flash party.
Daniel is once again taking a more hands-on role in running the drug cartel in the capital - having made himself scarce for the past year following the escalation of the feud.
The mob boss placed the running of its Dublin operation in the hands of close associate, Liam Byrne.
Byrne's brother, David was assassinated in the Regency Hotel in February last year, sparking a year of bloodshed.
Since making himself more visible, Kinahan has also called on his chief-enforcer, Paul Rice to also come out of hiding and get a grip on the Irish drugs market once again.
This week also marked a year to the day since the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan at his house in Co Meath.
Duggan, the best friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was gunned down when he pulled into his home in Ratoath in March last year.
The assassination of the cigarette smuggler was carried out by the Kinahan gang as retaliation for David Byrne's death.
Last week Duggan's family marked his passing with floral tributes by his graveside, one to "dad" and another to "grandad".
A headstone has not yet been put in place. Another tribute read: "Boss, gone but not forgotten".
Prior to his death, Duggan had been lying low during the feud and had not even attended the funeral of Eddie Hutch, Gerry's brother.
Despite being a close friend of The Monk, the pair had not been in regular contact in the recent years preceding his murder.
The Criminal Assets Bureau demanded €4m in unpaid taxes from Duggan in 2003, while €4m worth of property was also seized.