Friday 23 August 2019

Gangland victim Noel Kirwan spoke out about Dublin drug dealers in news documentary

Life-long friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch gunned down in gangland execution on Thursday night

Noel Kirwan spoke out about the drug dealers plaguing Dublin in a television news documentary shot after the murder of crusading journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996
Noel Kirwan spoke out about the drug dealers plaguing Dublin in a television news documentary shot after the murder of crusading journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996
Latest gang victim Noel Kirwan with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Noel Kirwan (62) was killed in front of his horrified partner at St Ronan's Drive in Ronanstown, west Dublin

Allison Bray

Noel Kirwan, the life-long friend of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch, who was gunned down in a gangland execution on Thursday, spoke out about the drug dealers plaguing Dublin in a television news documentary shot after the murder of crusading journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.

Ironically, the same documentary by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) also showed footage of Gerry Hutch, referring to him as “a notorious gangland boss doing business openly on the street”. Hutch has no convictions for drug offences.

“It’s close to anarchy,” the reporter said as The Monk, identified by garda Sgt John O’Driscoll in the documentary, is seen chatting to a man on a motorbike.

“Almost as if to emphasise the lack or resources, he drove us twice past a man he identified as The Monk,” he said.

The documentary called “The Irishmen and Drug Dealers” documents the scourge of drug dealing in Dublin in the 1990s and revealed the existence of armed vigilantes who were prepared to kill drug dealers to get them off the streets.

It also showed patrols by community groups, such as Tallaght Against Drug Dealing, chanting “out, out, out” as they marched through social housing complexes that were renowned for drug dealing.

The reporter also refers to the so-called “rat traps” that Sir Bob Geldof wrote about in his song of the same name by the Boomtown Rats that describes the bleak desolation of Dublin’s tower block flat complexes where drug dealing and drug-taking were rampant.

In one scene shot at the notorious St Joseph’s Mansions housing estate in Dublin’s north inner city, Mr Kirwan is quoted as saying:

“There’s no hope. There’s no hope in these flats whatsoever.

“Every second person in these flats are dealing drugs.”

Latest gang victim Noel Kirwan with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Latest gang victim Noel Kirwan with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

The complex has since been demolished and in its place the Killarney Court apartment complex was built.

Ironically, the complex on Killarney Street is located in Summerhill and the North Strand area where heavily armed gardai have been patrolling the streets and conducting spot checks following the gangland shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin last February.

Noel Kirwan (62) was killed in front of his horrified partner at St Ronan's Drive in Ronanstown, west Dublin
Noel Kirwan (62) was killed in front of his horrified partner at St Ronan's Drive in Ronanstown, west Dublin

The audacious fatal shooting of David Byrne (35) by four heavily armed men at a boxing weigh-in at the hotel  sparked a gang warfare between rival drugs gangs led by Christy Kinahan and Gerry Hutch.

The war has claimed the lives of 11 people to date.

Mr Kirwan (62), meanwhile, was shot dead in front of his partner at St Ronan’s Drive  in Ronanstown by a lone gunman on Thursday evening.

Gardai warned Kirwan that his life was under threat after he chaperoned Gerry Hutch to the funeral of his brother Eddie Hutch Snr in February.

Mr Kirwan’s home in Kilbarrack was also targeted by members of the Kinahan cartel in August.

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