Saturday 17 March 2018

The murders that changed the face of Dublin's gangland forever

Michael 'Micka' Kelly
Michael 'Micka' Kelly
Eamon Dunne
Alan Ryan
Gary Hutch
Marlo Hyland
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The murders that changed Dublin's gangland

Martin 'The General' Cahill

In August 1994, Martin 'The General' Cahill was shot four times as he sat in his car in the suburb of Ranelagh.

Cahill had dominated the gang scene in the capital until he fell foul of the Provisional IRA.

It was one of the highest-profile gangland killings in Irish history.

But it was far from the last.

Eamon Dunne

Another notorious gang leader was Eamon Dunne, who also thought he was invincible as he ruled the underworld with an iron fist.

Suspected of being linked to more than a dozen murders, his increasingly erratic behaviour was regarded as "bad for business" by other powerful crime bosses.

He was murdered in a Cabra pub as he attended a friend's birthday party in April 2010.

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Dunne arrived at the top of the gangland pile after he and two associates murdered the then crime boss Martin 'Marlo' Hyland.

The cold-blooded killing happened in the home of a relative of Hyland in Finglas, in December 2006. Hyland's gang was linked by gardaí to several murders, including the contract killing in Swords of Latvian woman Baiba Saulite.

Alan Ryan

Real IRA Dublin boss, Alan Ryan, whose attempts to extort money from other criminal gangs in the capital led to a major feud, was shot dead at Clongriffin, on Dublin's northside, in September 2012.

As a teenager, he had been arrested by gardaí at a Real IRA training camp in Stamullen, Co Meath.

Michael 'Micka' Kelly

Ryan was himself believed to have been behind the fatal shooting of Michael 'Micka' Kelly, who was gunned down in Clongriffin after visiting a friend in September 2011. He was shot 14 times with an assault rifle by his killers, who then reversed over his body as they fled.

Kelly was believed to have been murdered because he refused to pay money to Ryan and his mob.

Gary Hutch

The deadly feud between the Christy Kinahan cartel and associates of Gary Hutch started when Gary was shot dead in Spain last September.

After months of simmering underworld tension, the feud exploded in Dublin when a gang connected to Gary Hutch opened fire in the Regency Hotel, Dublin, last week.

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