Monday 18 December 2017

Irish business under fire for 'despicable' Hutch-Kinahan gang feud clothing

Team Hutch merchandise has the words
Team Hutch merchandise has the words "old skool motherf****r" on the chest, along with "northside" and an image of a knuckleduster
Team Hutch merchandise has the words "old skool motherf****r" on the chest, along with "northside" and an image of a knuckleduster
On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words "cartel motherf****r" appear across the top, along with an image of a sub-machine gun and the word "southside"
On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words "cartel motherf****r" appear across the top, along with an image of a sub-machine gun and the word "southside"

Robin Schiller

An Irish business has come under fire for advertising T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with the words "Team Hutch" and "Team Kinahan" in reference to the two gangs involved in the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud.

The gangs have been engaged for the past two years in a bloody quarrel that has led to 12 murders and several shootings in Ireland and abroad.

Local politicians have slammed the merchandise, describing it as "despicable" and "irresponsible".

Irish-based Craic Clothing, which operates under the German online retailer Spreadshirt, has advertised the attire on its website and social media accounts.

Team Hutch merchandise has the words
Team Hutch merchandise has the words "old skool motherf****r" on the chest, along with "northside" and an image of a knuckleduster

Daithi de Roiste, who is the chairman of Dublin City Council's Joint Policing Committee (JPC), described the artwork as "despicable".

"I find it disgusting that this clothing is being genuinely advertised for sale by a business. Who in their right mind would buy one of these? It's absolutely off the wall," said Mr de Roiste.

On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words
On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words "cartel motherf****r" appear across the top, along with an image of a sub-machine gun and the word "southside"

The Fianna Fail representative also called on people to boycott the line of clothing.

On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words "cartel motherf****r" appear across the top, along with an image of a sub-machine gun and the word "southside".

On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words
On the items branded Team Kinahan, the words "cartel motherf****r" appear across the top, along with an image of a sub-machine gun and the word "southside"

Team Hutch merchandise has the words "old skool motherf****r" on the chest, along with "northside" and an image of a knuckleduster.

A spokesman for Spreadshirt would not say how many products bearing the gang names had been sold so far, and stated that the clothing and designs were "under review".

On the company's website, a disclaimer has been added alongside the hoodies and T-shirts.

"Craic Clothing takes no responsibility if you're stupid enough to wear this around town and get 'injured'," the disclaimer reads.

The online retailer has also described the unisex hoodies as "cuddly, warm and cosy" while adding that they are "a real classic for chilled days".

So far the Hutch-Kinahan feud has claimed 12 lives, with a further 30 saved by garda operations and interventions.

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