A COUSIN OF shot Anthony 'The Mole' McDonagh made a death threat to the injured man's rivals -- on live radio.
The chilling warning was issued by a man who called a Dublin radio show last week, days before the first anniversary of the attempted murder of McDonagh, a known criminal.
"He [Anthony McDonagh] is going looking for the fellas and putting a bullet in their heads. That's a fact," the caller stated.
The phone call was made last Thursday, hours after the Herald reported on a €183,000 bill for garda security on McDonagh in hospital.
The Finglas criminal has been in James Connolly Memorial Hospital since a gunman tried to assassinate him in broad daylight in Finglas on July 15, 2010.
With the average bed costing over €900 per day, to date 'The Mole' has run up medical bills of around €313,000.
That's on top of the cost of keeping an armed garda by the criminal's bedside 24 hours per day, at the cost to the taxpayer of over €183,000 per year.
The total cost of keeping 'The Mole' at the west Dublin hospital has now cost around €515,000.
And the Herald understands that his stay in hospital is far from complete, with a family member claiming he may remain there for up to another year.
A cousin of 'The Mole' reacted to the Herald article on FM104's Phoneshow last Thursday night, claiming that McDonagh was plotting to avenge the gunman who shot him.
"When he gets out I tell you for fact, he's going looking for the fellas and putting a bullet in their heads. That's a fact," he said.
"He's still very sick in hospital. He'll be fully better in about six months to a year. He'll be walking around looking for the people that shot him," he added.
McDonagh's cousin, who called himself John, claimed that he knows who carried out the shooting and that the 24-hour surveillance was "deserved".
"He deserves protection until he gets better. That's the police's job. When you get better, it's a different story, you can defend yourself."
He added: "I'd protect him with a gun if the guards left. Let them come and try now, they wouldn't get away with it now."
Gardai declined to comment on the radio show when contacted by the Herald.
Local officers in west Dublin fear McDonagh will be targeted as part of a vicious, long-standing feud with another Traveller family, the Joyces, after relatives of his testified to convict Martin Joyce in England in 2008.
McDonagh was blasted five times by a lone gunman in broad daylight on the River Road in Finglas last July.
He and his nephew, Kieran McDonagh (26) were attacked as they sat in their white Ford van after being stopped at what they thought were council roadworks.
The gunman approached the van and produced a 9mm handgun. He began firing, hitting Anthony McDonagh in the side and chest. His nephew tried to flee to safety but was shot in the shoulder.
The gunman's firearm jammed, allowing the McDonagh's to flee on foot.
He is understood to be in a stable condition in hospital.