Thursday 29 September 2016

Kinahan and Hutch gangs are currently in negotiations, according to revealing documentary

Martin Grant

Published 15/03/2016 | 23:37

The Kinahan and Hutch gangs, the two rival factions at the heart of Dublin’s ongoing gangland feud, are currently in negotiations, according to a BBC Northern Ireland documentary.

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A Spotlight Northern Ireland documentary aired this evening which included a statement issued by a Kinahan associate.

The Kinahan source said the feared cartel will guarantee “balance and fairness” as the feud continues.

BBC Spotlight reporter Jennifer O’Leary said she contacted various people who she knew to be associates of Daniel Kinahan and was told he didn’t want to speak to the programme.

However, on her last evening in Spain – where she was investigating the Kinahan cartel - Ms O’Leary got a call from an intermediary for the Kinahan family who wanted to meet in a Marbella bar with no cameras.

The programme met with the intermediary and what appeared to be several other gang members.

The source told the Spotlight programme that “negotiations are currently in process between the two rival factions.”

The source is close to Daniel Kinahan and described him as being “as strong as an ox”.

Spotlight said that Daniel Kinahan would not meet with the programme and that the remarks are “ambiguous” and could be interpreted as “conciliatory or in a more threatening way”.

Gardaí believe close associates of slain gangster Gary Hutch, who was murdered in Spain last September, were behind the brutal Regency Hotel shootings in which David Byrne was murdered.

The Kinahan cartel hit back and murdered innocent taxi driver Eddie Hutch, the brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

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