Wednesday 23 August 2017

Victim had warned gardaí feud will not end until Kinahan dead

James 'Mago' Gately
James 'Mago' Gately

Ken Foy

The victim of a targeted shooting in Clonshaugh, James 'Mago' Gately (30), warned gardai last year that the Kinahan/Hutch feud would end until cartel boss Daniel Kinahan was shot dead.

Father-of-two Gately is originally from Portland Row in Dublin's north inner city. However, he has been in hiding in Northern Ireland for several months.

He has been officially warned over a dozen times that his life is under threat and last month was named in court as a murder target.

Gately has around 30 previous criminal convictions, but mostly for traffic offences.

However the latest of these convictions was for dangerous driving relating to an incident in which Gately and his friend Patrick Hutch Jnr (25) were arrested by armed gardaí investigating the Regency Hotel shooting.

Hutch was later charged with the murder of key Kinahan associate David Byrne (33) at the hotel as well as firearms offences and will face trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Gately is not facing charges in relation to the Regency Hotel attack on February, 5, last year. In November, 2012, he was arrested and then released without charge by detectives investigating the murder of Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

He was also questioned about the murder of dad-of-five Ray Collins who was shot dead in Summerhill in Dublin's north inner city in November 2006, but he was also released without charge in that case.

Gately has been a close associate of the Hutch clan since he was a child and was photographed carrying the coffin of Gary Hutch.

In the aftermath of Gary Hutch's death, sources revealed that Gately refused to attend a number of cartel meetings as he was "disgusted and heartbroken" about what had happened to Gary Hutch.

Irish Independent

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