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Don's pal Mark Buckley moved to Portlaoise


Mark Buckley

Mark Buckley

Mark Buckley

A gangland bully whose life was under threat from criminals he was feuding with on the outside has been moved to Ireland's highest security prison.

Cabra man Mark 'Bucko' Buckley (32), who was the best pal of slain gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne, was transferred to Portlaoise Prison last Thursday after spending weeks on a special protection unit in Wheatfield Prison.

Buckley's new home is the C Wing in the maximum security facility, where he will be closer to his associates, gang brothers Alan and Wayne Bradley.

However, 'Bucko' will not be on the same landing as the notorious siblings, who are serving lengthy jail sentences for their role in a €900,000 cash-in-transit robbery conspiracy in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Buckley, who is said to be hated by rival criminals for his bullying behaviour when Eamon Dunne was alive, was put on 23-hour protection after he was threatened by a Coolock gangster and beaten with a jug over a money dispute dating back a number of years.

Buckley has fallen foul of key members of his former mob and is "despised" by associates of murder victim Paul Cullen (27), who was shot dead in a Cabra pub in March 2013.

It is believed Cullen was targeted by a local mob because he was demanding payment for his role in the gun murder of notorious hood John Daly (27) in October 2007.


Buckley was handed a two-year sentence for his involvement with three other criminals in the vicious assault on one of Cullen's best pals in the Cabra House pub, where Cullen was shot dead five months earlier.

Last April Dublin Circuit Court heard that the four men arrived at the pub in two cars driven by Buckley and his pal David Waldron.

They walked to the back bar where they attacked Cullen's friend, chased him out of the pub and beat him up after knocking him to the ground.