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Gangland criminals hunted for stab attack

GANGLAND criminals suspected to have been involved in the gruesome murder and dismemberment of a drug dealer are being investigated for the attempted murder of a man yesterday afternoon.

Convicted criminal Keith Prendergast (32) will survive despite being stabbed in the neck during the daylight attack outside a Finglas pub.

Gardai were last night hunting for the suspects who are understood to be very closely linked to the mob who murdered Christy Gafffney whose body parts were found in Clonee, Co Meath, earlier this month.

Gaffney's head is still missing but gardai have found at least one stab wound on his torso as detectives in Ashbourne continue their investigations in the case.



In a completely separate development, Mr Prendergast was set upon outside the Bottom of The Hill pub at around 2pm when he was stabbed in the neck and back.

Officers initially thought that the victim – who is from Rathoath Avenue in Finglas – would die but last night the indications were that he would live.

"It was a horror show – the victim lost so much blood. He got some doing," said a source.

Two criminals including a notorious armed robber from Finglas were being hunted last night.

Gardai are probing whether the stab attack is linked to the murder of Prendergast's pal Kevin Ledwidge (27) who was shot dead in July, 2007.

Ledwidge was gunned down when he answered his door at Rathoath Drive.

Despite the arrest of a teenager and other suspects there have been no charges in the Ledwidge case.