Sixteen people under threat as 'gang hitman' freed from jail
Gardaí fear that 16 people are under imminent threat following the release of a dangerous gangland criminal from prison last night.
A major Garda alert is in place because officers believe a number of women and a highly respected garda are under threat from the man.
The south-inner-city gangster - who cannot be named for legal reasons - had been locked up for a number of years after committing an extremely violent offence but is now a free man.
Senior sources say gardaí have concerns the criminal may offer himself as a hitman-for-hire for gangsters in the bloody Hutch-Kinahan feud.
The released man is already a suspect in a string of gangland murders but has barely any previous convictions.
However, of more concern to detectives is that 16 people are now under "realistic threat" after the criminal left jail last night.
"A total of 16 people are now under threat because this individual is now a free man," one source said.
"Even hardened criminals are sickened at his disgusting crimes which he has got away with."
Among the 16 people on the criminal's hit-list are highly respected people, former associates of his and relatives of people who gave evidence against him in the past. His targets are based across Dublin and even abroad.
Such is the level of seriousness attached to his release from prison that the Garda's elite Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has taken the lead role in managing the situation.
A serving garda and other potential victims have been warned the gangster is now out.
The feared criminal previously had "loose links" to other criminals involved with the Kinahan cartel but it is understood he is willing to carry out violence for money.