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‘Clever and conniving’ John ‘The Coach’ Traynor died with blood of many men and a journalist on his hands

Paul Williams


John Traynor, who has died in England aged 73, was consigliere to Martin Cahill, a feared drugs lord and adviser to John Gilligan

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Traynor came very close to being shot on many occasions and it is probably testament to his conniving nature that he died of natural causes

Traynor came very close to being shot on many occasions and it is probably testament to his conniving nature that he died of natural causes

Traynor was one of Veronica Guerin's sources and he later admitted he was privy to the plot to kill her

Traynor was one of Veronica Guerin's sources and he later admitted he was privy to the plot to kill her

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Traynor came very close to being shot on many occasions and it is probably testament to his conniving nature that he died of natural causes

John Traynor, who died on Sunday in Kent, was part of a troika who changed the face of organised crime in Ireland.

Despite the fact he came from a respectable, comfortable background, Traynor had been involved in crime from his early teens.


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