Gardai are investigating whether two criminal brothers, classified as leaders of one of the gangs involved in the deadly Drogheda feud, have fled to Mexico, the Herald can reveal.
The duo, aged 25 and 21, left Ireland in the chaotic aftermath of the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods (17) in January and travelled to Spain where they were based for months.
Warrants for the arrest of the siblings, who are facing serious Drogheda feud-linked charges relating to a horrific 2018 incident, were issued at Dublin Circuit Court in June.
A European Arrest Warrant is now in place for them.
Senior sources say that the "latest information" available to detectives is that the notorious brothers are now in Mexico - a country with which Ireland has no extradition treaty.
"The belief is that they left Spain sometime after the arrest warrants were issued here.
"Their current circumstances are unknown.
"The reality of the situation is that senior gardaí in Drogheda are relieved they are not around as the feud has been very quiet in their absence and the hope is that it will remain under control," the source added.
There have been very few incidents linked to the gang warfare between the brothers' gang and associates of Owen Maguire since the coronavirus lockdown began in March.
Gardaí say a petrol bomb attack in which an unoccupied house was damaged in the troubled Moneymore estate on Tuesday night, is linked to a "local dispute rather than the wider feud".
No one was injured in the arson attack and there have been no arrests.
The revelation that the brothers may be in Mexico comes after gardaí received information in May that the older sibling was back home and hiding out in Dublin.
"This information was investigated and it turned out that it was not the case - he was still in Spain at that time," the source said.
The brothers are closely linked to the killers of Keane Mulready-Woods, who was butchered earlier this year in one of the most gruesome murders in the history of Irish gangland. However, the siblings are not suspects in that murder.
The pair are close pals of Paul Crosby (24), who was jailed for four-and-a-half years in April for burning a stolen car.
The incident took place while he was under garda surveillance due to his role in the feud.
The siblings are also closely connected to a 25-year-old who was arrested by Tallaght gardaí last month over the desecration of a grave.
The arrest happened four years to the day after gangsters went to Bohernabreena Cemetery in Tallaght at 2am on August 18, 2016.
The grave of the Michael Maughan, brother of Willie Maughan - who the mob is suspected of killing - was dug up.
They had all been part of the same criminal network but fell out over drugs turf.
This led to the Drogheda feud, which escalated after the attempted murder of gang boss Owen Maguire in July 2018.
The siblings are under grave threat from Maguire's gang and there is an active threat on their lives.
They were also aligned with suspected hitman Robbie Lawlor, who was shot dead in April.