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Jim Cusack: Old pals' sinister underworld web captured on tape

Published 02/12/2012 | 05:00

The association between 'fixer' John Traynor and gang boss John Gilligan was close and fraught, says Jim Cusack

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John Traynor hoped to be one of those criminals who were smarter than the system, smarter, in fact, than both the criminal justice system – the garda and the courts – and the criminals – the professional murderers, robbers and drug dealers.

He had a well-known distaste for prison. In his early life he had been a petty criminal. His first recorded conviction was in 1961 at the age of 13 when he was given the Probation Act for burglary. He joined the merchant navy as a seaman at the age of 15 to avoid prison after a series of convictions for minor offences. He returned to life on shore in the early Seventies and despite marrying and starting a family, resumed his life of crime.

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