Kinahan mob expected at funeral despite links to murder of enforcer
A number of criminals linked to the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate are expected to come home from Spain for tomorrow's funeral of mob enforcer Paul Kavanagh.
The 27-year-old brother of Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh was brutally murdered in Drumcondra less than a fortnight ago.
The mob members' appearance at the church service is despite the fact that Kavanagh was most likely murdered by his own gang for stealing drugs cash from them.
The fact that "key individuals" in the organisation are expected to attend the funeral of the dad-of-two shows just how complicated gangland relationships within organised crime networks can be.
"The Kinahan syndicate is not just a tightly-knit crew of men who all sing from the same hymn sheet. There are fellas involved in it who have different rivalries, different egos and different view points," a source explained.
"That is why it should be no surprise to see senior henchmen at the funeral."
What can't be doubted is that the murder of Paul Kavanagh again showed the murderous capabilities of the Kinahan gang.
It came just weeks after reports began emerging from Spain that a deadly feud which the syndicate are involved in in the Costa-Del-Sol is so serious that wives and girlfriends of some senior gang members have been told to move back to Dublin amid fears the women will be targeted.
It emerged that the Kinahan gang are involved in a bitter feud with a drugs trafficking mob from Liverpool over a missing drugs shipment which murdered gangster Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh (44) was blamed for stealing.
Both 'Hatchet' and Paul had enforcer roles in the mob but both are now dead.
However, it is also believed that the Kinahan crew have been involved in a potentially even more dangerous dispute with an eastern European mob.
Christy Kinahan (58) is the wealthiest criminal in the history of Irish gangland crime.
It is estimated that his cartel is worth over €500 million and its influence on the gangland scene here remains enormous.
For example, gardai believe that the mob sanctioned the gun murder of Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy in January of last year in a revenge attack for Devoy's botched assassination attempt against key Kinahan lieutenant, Greg Lynch, outside a north Dublin pub in October, 2013.
This is a trend that goes back many years with some of Kinahan's closest associates being the chief suspects for the gun murder of gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne in April 2010, after Dunne's reckless activities began to pose a threat to the organisation.
Some of these same criminals are also suspected of direct involvement in the Paul Kavanagh murder.
Paul Kavanagh's fate was sealed after a Drimnagh drugs trafficker was summoned to a meeting with senior members of the Kinahan mob.
"The Drimnagh dealer owes well over €1m to the cartel and he knows this is serious and has been paying back sums of ten or twenty thousand euro on a monthly basis.
"The problem is that they were not getting this cash and he was called to a meeting where they might well have killed him.
"Instead he explained at the meeting that he had been paying the money back and had been handing envelopes of cash to Paul Kavanagh for the previous number of months.
"They did not believe him, but then he produced a mobile phone and showed them text messages that proved he had been giving cash to Kavanagh," a source explained.
Sources believe that a Cabra gang was involved in the theft of the car that was used in the Drumcondra murder of Paul Kavanagh, and that the shooting was carried out by a brutal hitman who has close links to Christy Kinahan henchman Gary Hutch.
Meanwhile, despite the huge publicity which surrounded the arrests of Kinahan and his sons Christopher Jnr (34) and Daniel (37) in June 2010 as part of an international investigation codenamed Operation Shovel, gardai say it will be highly unlikely if he is ever prosecuted in relation to the massive international investigation. In fact, last July in Spain, investigating judge Maria Carmen Gutierrez Henares is understood to have dropped her drugs and weapons trafficking probe after finding no evidence linking Kinahan and his alleged accomplices to the crimes.
Simultaneous raids were carried out on the homes of Kinahan and his gang members on the Costa del Sol in May 2010. It resulted in 23 arrests in Spain and the UK in police swoops in May 2010.
Also arrested in the 2010 raids were Kinahan's right-hand-man John Cunningham (62) who was jailed for the notorious 1986 kidnap of heiress Jennifer Guinness before he re-located to Holland and then Spain.
Christy, his sons and Cunningham will remain on bail along with the other suspects while the court probe continues into the money laundering and gang membership allegations.
The Kinahans and Cunnigham have been joined in their Spanish stronghold of Puerto Banus by a large number of Dublin's most serious criminals including Gary Hutch from Dublin's north inner city.
Hutch (32) is a nephew of former crime figure, Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who negotiated a deal with the Criminal Assets Bureau.
In February 2008, Gary narrowly escaped a gun attack near Estepona, which resulted in the murder of his friend, Paddy Doyle who acted as a hitman for 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.
Spanish police have been working on the theory that Doyle was actually murdered by the cartel who became concerned that he was throwing his weight around on the Costas, especially after he got in a violent dispute with a Russian gangster.
Gary Hutch was also a main target of Operation Shovel and has been arrested by police investigating the organised crime network.
Gardai and international police forces have had some notable successes against the gang in recent times.
In January of this year, a former Leeds United goalkeeper, Eddie Van Boxtel (41) was jailed for seven and a half years for possession of cannabis worth €3.5m.
However, sources say that the jailing or even killing of individual members of the mob makes little difference to how their enterprises are run on a daily basis because "the cartel is so rich and powerful".