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Tensions high as Gilligan hitman hired to take out Hutch associate


John Gilligan escaped death Photo: doug.ie

John Gilligan escaped death Photo: doug.ie

John Gilligan escaped death Photo: doug.ie

The Christy Kinahan crime cartel has enlisted a gangland hitman, who previously attempted to murder exiled crimelord John Gilligan, to kill a very close associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

The targeted man - who is in his early 20s and from Dublin's north inner city - previously worked for the cartel but is understood to have cut his ties from them after the mob murdered The Monk's nephew Gary Hutch (34) in Spain last September.

The young hood was very close to Gary and is said to be "absolutely heartbroken" about his murder.

He is believed to have sworn revenge for the assassination in the 'Costa-Del-Crime'. It is not known if he has been officially warned about the active threat on his life but the young man is believed to be "well aware of it".

Last night, it emerged that the Kinahan mob are blaming the young thug for a botched shooting attempt on associates of the crime cartel at the Red Cow Hotel in November 2015, which was a revenge attempt for the Gary Hutch murder.

Perma-tanned Liam Roe (36) miraculously escaped with his life after a would-be assassin's gun jammed.

At the weekend, the Herald revealed that former criminal mastermind Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who has now gone clean, has also been refusing to attend "a clear-the-air" meeting with the mob. Then it emerged yesterday that on New Year's Eve The Monk narrowly escaped an apparent attempt on his life.


It is understood two balaclava-wearing gunmen burst into a pub in Lanzarote where he had been drinking moments before.

"This could all develop into a bloodbath fairly quickly and the fact that the Kinahan cartel are now dealing with a psychopathic hitman from Finglas will not ease tensions at all," a source explained.

"The belief is that the hitman has been tasked with getting at the young north inner city man who has very close links to The Monk. This is because he is being blamed for the attempted murder of Liam Roe."

The Finglas-based hitman is considered "extremely volatile" and is suspected to have made two attempts to murder John Gilligan - one in a Castleknock pub in December 2013, and the other in February 2014, when Gilligan was shot a number of times at his brother's Clondalkin home.

The north inner city criminal he has been tasked with shooting is suspected of shooting at 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's first cousin Liam Roe last November.

Roe was taking a cigarette break outside the hotel, where he was attending a boxing fundraiser, when the incident occurred and the gun jammed.

Roe ran away before up to 50 associates of the Kinahan mob fled the venue in high-powered vehicles. Gardai do not believe that Roe was a specific target, but that there is a shoot-to-kill policy on any Kinahan associates since the assassination of Gary Hutch. Since then it is understood that the young man has gone into hiding.

Another criminal who sources say has cut his ties with the cartel over the Gary Hutch murder is a feared hitman who is suspected of carrying out the murders of Paul Kavanagh last year and Eamon 'The Don' Dunne in 2010.

Sources say the hitman has refused to attend a number of meetings the cartel has attempted to organise since the murder of Gary Hutch, which "disgusted him".

"He has gone into hiding," a source said.