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Saturday 24 March 2018

Businessman Jim Mansfield Junior has his handgun licence revoked by gardai

Businessman James Mansfield Junior. Photo: Courts Collins
Businessman James Mansfield Junior. Photo: Courts Collins

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A handgun licence issued to Jim Mansfield Jnr has been revoked by gardai.

Senior gardai at Blanchardstown took the decision after being informed that Mansfield Jnr is allegedly the target of gangland criminals and paramilitaries.

The Sunday Times reports that Mansfield Jnr was told of the decision in a face-to-face meeting with gardai before Christmas and has not challenged the decision to date.

The handgun, a Walther P22 pistol, was seized by gardai a year ago during the search of a residence in West Dublin used by Mansfield Jnr as part of an investigation into money laundering.

Several other properties, including Finnstown Castle Hotel in Lucan, which Mansfield Jnr manages, were searched as part of the same operation.

The weapon was discovered in a bedroom where Mansfirld Jnr was sleeping, and he is said to have told gardai he was using the weapon to protect himself.

The businessman was informed by gardai some time ago that his life was under threat from criminals, however he publicly denounced the threats.

Handgun licences are strictly controlled by gardai.

In exceptional circumstances a judge can overrule decisions to revoke a handgun licence.

Handgun licences are restricted to shooting enthusiasts who store their weapons at a secure location.

Mansfield Jnr is thought to have failed to meet the necessary criteria to renew his licence.

He was questioned by gardai last December in connection with an attack. attempted to contact Jim Mansfield Jnr for comment but none was forthcoming.

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