Paul Williams: Kinahans throw around murder contracts with no fear of gardaí
Published 28/05/2016 | 02:30
The events of the past week have posed one fundamental question - who is in charge of the Irish Republic? On Tuesday, the horrific and unprecedented gangland feud between the Kinahan and Hutch clans claimed its seventh victim.
But the publication of CCTV images depicting the daylight execution of Gareth Hutch seems to have caused more concern to our political leaders and their Garda mandarins than the clear and present threat that exists against our State.
In a flicker of a moment, the debate concerning organised crime switched, as it usually does, to attacking the messengers, the media.
Yet those images are hugely important because they demonstrate the unvarnished, brutal truth of gangland violence - in the same way the pictures taken by brave photographers working for INM at the Regency Hotel displayed to the world one of the most audacious and horrific gangland attacks that has been witnessed in western Europe in recent years.
Our Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the man who we hope is strong enough to lead and protect our society, wilted at the feet of Mary Lou McDonald with his insipid, politically correct response, calling on the media to expunge these scenes from our pages and our websites.
The only people who benefit from this type of censorship are the savages who are trying to undermine the fabric of our society.
The ongoing gangland murder spree is being driven by one criminal organisation that clearly considers itself untouchable. This has also exposed the serious - and at this stage quite frightening - inability of the management of An Garda Síochána to do their jobs.
There now seems to be more concern by the office jockeys and political animals that prowl the corridors of Garda HQ - across the road from the Dublin Zoo - to staunch any leaking of information to the media.
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and her brigade of acolytes are more concerned with placating their political masters than they are informing the public.
We will soon mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of our colleague, Veronica Guerin. John Gilligan completely miscalculated his situation by ordering Veronica's murder. The truth is that if Gilligan had kept his head down for a few more years, the indifference and inability of the State would have helped him build an empire the equivalent of those controlled by Italy's Salvador Toto Riina or Colombia's Pablo Escobar.
And that means that Gilligan would then have had the power to wipe out not only journalists but politicians, judges and senior police officers.
In the current climate, we now have a criminal organisation with the wealth and influence to match anything in the possession of Colombian cartels, one which is intent on wiping out an entire family.
The Kinahan gang represents what is referred to as international narco-terrorism.
This involves criminal organisations being so untouchable that they can subvert and subdue sovereign states through brutal, mindless violence
As they sit by their poolsides in sunny Marbella, they are throwing around murder contracts worth thousands - to have people murdered back in Dublin apparently without any fear of An Garda Síochána.