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Gangster link to latest pipe bomb scare

GARDAI are investigating if the intended targets of a sinister pipe bomb incident in north Dublin are associates of a notorious jailed gangster.

A number of houses had to be evacuated when a viable bomb was discovered in the Belclare area of Ballymun, shortly after 1am last Friday.

The bomb was located near the car of a person who has no involvement in crime and it is understood the intended targets do not even live in the area.

An army bomb disposal team arrived on scene at 1.10am and examined the device, as gardai put a cordon in place and evacuated some nearby houses for public safety. The scene was declared safe at 3.30am.

The Herald has learned that the incident is part of a localised feud and the intended targets were younger associates of local hood Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (31), who is not due to be released from Mountjoy Prison until February of next year, where he is serving sentences for firearms and other offences.

In 2007, Devoy was jailed for seven years for the attempted armed robbery of a post office in Balbriggan, north Dublin, in April 2006.

SHOOTING

He was then given extra jail time in November, 2007, for the non-fatal drive-by shooting at two of his neighbours in Ballymun in September, 2005.

Devoy has had multiple serious disciplinary issues since been locked up, but jail insiders say that he has not been disciplined for breaching prison rules since last October, after causing huge problems in the jail system, particularly between 2006 and 2008.

At one stage in 2009, he was even transferred to a segregation area of Portlaoise Prison.

Devoy has more than two dozen convictions and is an associate of the two main suspects in the double killing of Martin 'Marlo' Hyland and innocent plumber Anthony Campbell.

He also has close links with other Ballymun criminals and the Finglas gang who are suspected of the gun murder of Tallaght criminal Carl Wynne last year.

"He is a dangerous and volatile criminal and despite being locked up Devoy has continued to influence things on the outside," a source explained.

kfoy@herald.ie


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