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Monday 11 December 2017

Criminal boss is linked to 'a dozen' shootings

Tom Brady Security Editor

THE MAJOR crime boss, who has been linked in some way with the three gangland murders since Thursday night, has been involved in a dozen fatal shootings since he took control of his drug trafficking outfit.

He established himself as a key figure in the criminal underworld in 2007 after he took advantage of the vacuum created by the murder of Martin 'Marlo' Hyland in December 2006.

With the support of a few "heavies" he set up a deadly new gang, comprised of his own associates and the remnants of the Hyland crew.

His involvement in the double murder of Brendan Molyneaux (45) and Paddy Mooney (58) at Pearse House in Pearse Street on Sunday night is thought to have been marginal, although the main suspect is known to be close to him.

The gang boss is believed to have been more directly linked to the murder of John Paul Joyce (30), the drug trafficking Traveller, whose body was found at the back of Dublin airport on Saturday afternoon.

His other alleged victims include:

  • October 9, 2009 : David Thomas (43), shot dead outside The Drake Inn pub in Finglas.
  • June 12, 2009: Paul Smyth (34), from Finglas, found dumped near Balbriggan.
  • March 3, 2009 : Michael Murray (41), shot in the head at Kippure Park, Finglas.
  • January 20, 2009: Graham McNally (34), Finglas, formerly a close associate of the suspect but fell foul of him after a row over drugs
  • January 7, 2009 : Michael 'Roly' Cronin (35) and James Maloney (26) shot dead in Summerhill, Dublin. Cronin was the target of the attack but Maloney was sitting alongside him in a car when the shots were fired.
  • August 22, 2008 : Paul 'Farmer' Martin (30), was shot in the head and stomach at the Jolly Toper pub in Church Street.
  • July 19, 2008: Trevor Walsh (33), was gunned down at Kippure Park in Finglas.
  • October 22, 2007: John Daly (27) had been lying low after his release from Portlaoise prison where he gained notoriety by making a phonecall to RTE's Liveline programme.

Irish Independent

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