Tuesday 20 March 2018

Senior cartel thug arrested at airport over alleged Hutch gang member murder plot

James Gately (inset) and (background) the scene of May's botched murder attempt on Gately
James Gately (inset) and (background) the scene of May's botched murder attempt on Gately

Ken Foy

A senior member of the Kinahan cartel was in custody last night after being arrested at Dublin Airport over an alleged plot to kill a rival Hutch gang member.

He was arrested in the arrivals area of Dublin Airport at around 6pm yesterday by members of the gardai's elite Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

The suspect is alleged to have been a key part of a major cartel plot to murder Hutch mobster James 'Mago' Gately earlier this year.

The alleged cartel member was being questioned last night at Irishtown Garda Station, where he can be held for up to a week.

James 'Mago' Gately
James 'Mago' Gately

Senior sources said last night that the arrest was part of a separate garda investigation than the probe into the attempted murder of Gately in May.

A Co Meath-based man has been arrested in relation to that botched hit, but no one has been charged.

Last night's arrest is linked to a separate investigation, in which three other suspects have previously been arrested.

'Mago' is believed to be still hiding out in Northern Ireland after he survived a murder attempt on the afternoon of May 10 outside the Topaz Garage in Clonshaugh, north Dublin.

Gately was shot up to five times, including once in the neck.

However, four shots were lodged in his bullet-proof vest, saving his life.

Gately was driving a Ford Mondeo with northern registration plates when he was shot.

He had walked out of the busy filling station only moments before.

Gardai believe that a Lexus pulled up beside Gately as he got into his car.

He spent a number of days being treated in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

Such were the fears of another attack that members of the Armed Support Unit patrolled the Beaumont area until Gately was discharged.

Since his release, he has been keeping a low profile.

See the full story in today's Herald


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