Sunday 18 August 2019

Kinahan mobster promises house will not be vandalised before CAB seizure

Liam Byrne
Liam Byrne
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Kinahan gang figure Liam Byrne has been forced to give assurances to the Criminal Assets Bureau his luxury home will be handed over to them in good condition after being seized by the bureau.

Byrne has until June 26 to vacate the property at 2 Raleigh Square, Crumlin, Dublin, which is owned by his sister Maria Byrne but which he rents from her. The house was one of a number of properties raided by CAB in March 2016 as part of the crackdown on gang boss Daniel Kinahan (42) and his associates.

The raids happened a month after Liam and Maria Byrne's brother David (34) was shot dead in the Regency Hotel.

The CAB made an application in the High Court yesterday to ensure the property will be handed over in good order, and that if the house is vacated prior to 10am on June 26 that CAB would be informed.

The court was told by counsel for Byrne that their client would agree to the application. It is believed the house was bought and renovated at huge cost and contains luxury fittings and fixtures.

It had been bought legitimately for €250,000 by his sister, but was refurbished for three times that amount with games rooms, bars, jacuzzis and a state-of-the-art security system.

When it was raided in March 2016, heavily armed members of the Emergency Response Unit had to use specialist equipment to cut through reinforced doors. Yesterday's application comes a month after a Crumlin house owned by Byrne associate Sean McGovern was stripped and vandalised before the CAB could secure it.

The confiscation of the Raleigh Square house was the final blow by the CAB against the Byrne organised crime gang, with a total of 47 assets confiscated.

Irish Independent

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