Friday 31 March 2017

On the run for 14 years, Traynor is back where he belongs, in jail

Jim Cusack traces the career of the man who betrayed 'The General' and is still suspected of ordering Veronica Guerin's murder

JOHN Traynor, facing extradition to Britain to serve the remainder of a seven-year prison sentence, is one of the cleverest and most treacherous figures from the previous generation of Ireland's underworld.

In November 1993, as 'The General' Martin Cahill's gang was in the process of kidnapping the wife and children of National Irish Bank chief executive Jim Lacey, John Traynor was parking his car illegally on O'Connell Street. He stood back as a guard issued a ticket then made a show of going to Store Street Garda Station and arguing to have it revoked.

Traynor was establishing a perfect alibi to show he was not directly involved in the kidnapping of the Lacey family from their home in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Cahill's gang escaped with £300,000 but missed out on a further £8m in cash because they had not known about the time-lock safe in the NIB's cash centre in Suffolk Street.

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