Monday 18 December 2017

Probe launched after feud victim Noel Kirwan's car burned out in Dublin garda station

Murder victim Noel Kirwan and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
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A car belonging to a man shot dead as part of the Kinahan/Hutch feud has been torched at a Dublin garda station.

Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan (62), a friend of Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch, was sitting in a car outside his house in St Ronan’s Drive, in Clondalkin on December 22 last when he was shot several times. He was the tenth person to die in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

His partner sitting was in the passenger seat was but was not injured in the shooting.

Now it has emerged that this vehicle, a black Ford Mondeo, was torched late last Friday night.

It was the only vehicle damaged in the arson attack.

However sources have revealed that nothing of evidential value was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Units of Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the station but by the time the fire had been quenched the car was completely destroyed.

A garda spokesman confirmed that they are investigating this latest incident.

"Gardaí are investigating an incident of criminal damage at Ronanstown Garda Station on Friday 4th August at 11.45pm," a statement read.

Detectives believe that Mr Kirwan was targeted by the Kinahan crime cartel because of his friendship with Gerry Hutch.

On May 8 last, 25-year-old Jason Keating of Lower Main Street in Rush was brought to Blanchardstown District Court under armed escort charged with the murder of Mr Kirwan.

Detective Sergeant Damian Gannon had told that hearing that Mr Keating made no reply to the charge after caution. Legal aid was granted and he was remanded in custody.

There is no suggestion that the man charged over Noel Kirwan's murder had anything to do with this arson attack.

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