Saturday 27 December 2014

Gang boss shot in the face outside pub 'taking drugs and hiding at home'

Ken Foy

Published 27/08/2014 | 11:48

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Greg Lynch was shot in the face last year

A gang boss who was lucky to survive after he was shot in the face outside a north-Dublin pub is so paranoid that he has almost become a recluse in his fortified south inner city home.

Greg Lynch (29) has barely been spotted in his usual haunts in months and sources said that he is spending his days smoking weed in his home in the Marylands area of the capital.

Lynch was shot in the head last October, after a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending a 21st birthday party in Hanlon's pub on North Circular Road, but survived - albeit with horrific facial injuries.

A source explained: "Lynch is still very much shaken after this incident and you do not see him walking the streets or even really being driven around anymore.

"He is very much keeping his head down and has never had such a low profile. But gardai are under no illusion that he is still up to his neck in organised crime. He is clearly very paranoid."

As Lynch continues to recuperate from his injuries, detectives are still investigating whether the first gangland murder of the year was carried out in revenge for last October's reckless gun attack in which three innocent women also received gunshot injuries to their legs.

Detectives believe Ballymun criminal Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy (42) was lured and shot dead as revenge for the attempted murder of Lynch.

Devoy was shot three times in the head before his body was dumped on the side of the road at Fox Hill Lane, Tallaght, in January.

Intelligence received by detectives indicated that Devoy was the bungling hitman who shot Greg Lynch.

In the aftermath of the attempted hit, the gunman, who wore a balaclava, ran towards a waiting BMW and continued firing back towards the pub, hitting the three women. The car was found burnt out in Walkinstown.

Lynch is a key member of a drugs gang that also includes Paul Rice and Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh - a mob with close links to the international crime syndicate controlled by godfather Christy Kinahan.

Originally from the Oliver Bond flats complex, Lynch has been a long-term target for gardai and rival gangsters including the 'Mr Big' drugs organisation.

Senior sources say Lynch is among the top 10 heroin and crack cocaine importers here.

In a major operation codenamed 'Wireless' in September, 2011, in which 18 suspected gangsters were arrested after officers carried out 50 raids, Lynch's crew were the target.

Officers from various national and regional units swooped on the suspects in a co-ordinated series of raids. Three of Lynch's closest associates were picked up in the raids.

Lynch was aged just 19 when he was jailed for six years in 2004 after he was caught handing over €400,000 of heroin.

hnews@herald.ie

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