Daniel Kinahan responds to controversial Hutch/Kinahan feud clothing in bizarre tweet
Cartel boss Daniel Kinahan has taken to Twitter to vent his fury at controversial hoodies and T-shirts promoting the two gangs involved in the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud.
The 40-year-old mob boss has become more active on the social media network in the last number of weeks as he lies low in Dubai.
Earlier today one of his followers sent him an image of a hoody with 'Team Kinahan, Cartel Motherf**ker, Southside' written across the front.
In a bizarre message Kinahan responded: "Disgusting !!!!!!!!!!!"
The merchandise went on sale this week with the words "Team Hutch" and "Team Kinahan" emblazoned across the front.
Craic Clothing, an online business that advertised the controversial gear, later apologised for what it said was a "stupid idea" and removed the product.
Daniel Kinahan is the first person involved in the feud to publicly respond to the controversy surrounding the merchandise.
He has come under mounting pressure from gardai and his own associates after a series of significant operations against his organised crime gang.
Earlier this week he took to his Twitter account to hit back at reports suggesting he will be arrested on his return to Ireland.
The Herald reported in May that gardai are closing in on Kinahan after receiving information of his direct involvement in a murder plot against a member of the Hutch gang.
It was revealed that detectives were confident they have enough evidence to charge Kinahan with a serious offence that could see him jailed for life.
It was reported this week that Kinahan may be detained and questioned if he returns to Ireland in relation to his gang's activities as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.
However, the gang leader dismissed this, saying he is being "set up" by gardai.
He wrote: "Arrested? More like set up!!!
"Ha ha sorry our amazing Irish police system would never do anything wrong like that."
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There have been 18 months of significant Garda operations that have seen €4m in cash, €55m in drugs and almost 40 firearms seized from the State's biggest organised crime gang.
Sources said that, while Kinahan is in exile in Dubai, immune from gardai and his gangland rivals, more than 30 associates have been charged with serious offences.
The cartel is in the middle of its most serious crisis, with gardai believing that the "mob is turning on itself" as many foot soldiers blame Kinahan for their woes.
"The view from the street is that it's fine and dandy for Daniel as he sips pina coladas or whatever in Dubai while the people on the ground are getting blitzed by gardai," a senior source said.
"The feeling is that he's arrogant and has broken the golden rule of organised crime, just like John Gilligan did before him, by thumbing his nose at the State."
The drive against the cartel is being led by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).
Sources have revealed that, in a massive multi-layered attack on a crime organisation, gardai would expect to have a success rate of around 10pc in operations against the targeted mob.
However, in the detailed investigation into the cartel, it is estimated that gardai have had a 50pc success rate over the past 15 months.