Close associates of a man who was brutally shot dead last September have been ordered to move away from the north-Dublin town they live in or face being murdered.
The shocking development is the latest episode in terror from a feared gang boss who is suspected of involvement in three murders.
The Herald has learned that the gang boss has made the threats to male and female associates of murdered man Benny Whitehouse who are living in the Balbriggan area.
"He is threatening to have them all shot, women and all, because he thinks that they have been co-operating with the garda investigation into the Whitehouse murder.
"He warned them that they have to move out of their homes but they have not done this and now he is threatening to shoot them," a source said.
"This man is more than capable of acting on this threat and people are very, very scared."
The gangster was arrested in May by gardai investigating the Whitehouse murder, but was later released without charge. He was the third person to be arrested in the case.
Benny Whitehouse (35) was shot dead at Clonard Street, Balbriggan, at 9am on Thursday, September 25 last.
The feared criminal who has been issuing the threats is also linked to the suspected double murder of Tallaght man Willie Maughan and his partner Anna Varslavane, who were last seen in the Gormanston area of Co Meath on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 14.
It has emerged that he has also been involved in a "terrifying campaign of intimidation" against some close associates of Mr Maughan after he became enraged about comments being posted about him on a social networking site as well as an incident in which a female who is close to him was assaulted.