Dublin Gangs

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Joined: February 23rd, 2010, 7:11 pm

February 23rd, 2010, 7:46 pm #1

Hello to all all.....
As i see nobody reports the ongoing Gang Wars in Dublin north inner city (Sheriff st/North Wall, south inner city (Crumlin/Drimnagh) or west of the city, as a forum member and somebody who reads the info posted on here i see it as somebodies duty to do so

Many of the US and UK Irish may not be aware of the ongoing gang wars. I as recently as last summer, lost an old friend to one of these gangs/filth/scumbags or whatever you want to call them, and i feel its my duty to make more people aware of the scum that get away with murdering inocent fathers on our Dublin streets.


BACKROUND to the NORTH INNER CITY feud


CONOR LALLY
BACKGROUND: DUBLIN’S SHERIFF Street gangland feud began when Christie Griffin, the head of a major organised crime gang in Dublin’s north inner city, was accused of repeatedly raping a young girl over an eight-year period.

When the allegations surfaced back in 2003 they caused a split in Griffin’s drugs and armed robbery gang. One side of the large crime syndicate remained loyal to their leader while another group, including Saturday’s murder victim Aiden Byrne, believed the victim’s allegations and turned against Griffin. When gangland criminals fall out the results are usually catastrophic and this gang war has proven no different.

In October 2005 shots were fired into Griffin’s home in Ridgewood Green, Swords – where he had moved from Cannon Lillis Avenue, Dublin – wounding him in the arm. In revenge the home of the woman raped by Griffin was shot at.

In November 2006, a hand grenade was thrown into Griffin’s house, exploding. Another was then thrown into a relative’s house but it failed to go off.

In December 2006, as Griffin’s trial for rape approached, the feud tensions were at an all-time high resulting in two murders.

Gerard Batt-Byrne (25) of Ferryman’s Crossing, Dublin, was shot dead in the IFSC on December 13th. He was a rival of Griffin’s and a first cousin of Aiden Byrne.

Two weeks later a gunman crept into a house on Oriel Street and shot Stephen Ledden (28) in the head as he lay on a sofa. He was shot by mistake by a killer targeting another man thought to be behind Batt-Byrne’s murder.

In January 2007, Griffin was convicted of rape and jailed for life but the feud violence continued.

In April 2008, Anthony Russell (30), Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore, was gunned down as he sat drinking with friends in the Ardlea Inn, Artane. Russell was close to Griffin and was believed to have been involved in the killing of Gerard Batt-Byrne.

Gardaí last year foiled a murder attempt linked to the feud and a number of men await trial in relation to that incident.

Some of those involved in the feud have threatened to kill gardaí in the past. That threat was made in the wake of the shooting dead by members of the force of two raiders in an attempted post office robbery in Lusk, Co Dublin, in May 2005.

One of those killed was Colm Griffin, a brother of Christie Griffin.

The threat to kill gardaí was taken so seriously that Garda witnesses at the inquest into the deaths of the two shot in Lusk were allowed to give evidence from behind a screen. In an unprecedented move, airport-style security was put in place at Dublin’s Coroner’s Court and armed gardaí were stationed on the roof.


LATEST MURDER
Dublin murder 'linked to feud'
Gardaí are questioning a man arrested following the weekend murder of a Dublin gangland figure.

Gardaí studying the complex criminal background of the country’s latest gangland murder victim in a bid to establish a motive for his killing.

The dead man, Aiden Byrne (32), was a convicted rapist and heavily involved in a gangland feud in his local community around Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city.

Gardaí believe Byrne’s murder, the seventh gun killing this year, is most likely linked to that feud.

The first victim of the Sheriff Street feud was Byrne’s first cousin Gerard Batt-Byrne, who was gunned down in the IFSC just over three years ago.

However, Garda sources said Aiden Byrne had been involved in a number of very violent incidents in recent times and all of these would be checked as a possible motive for his murder.

A fortnight ago he was badly slashed with a knife while briefly remanded in prison on robbery charges. He was left needing dozens of stitches for his face and body wounds. He had also recently been arrested while carrying a gun outside the home of the leader of a notorious rival drugs gang in Finglas, north Dublin.

Last year he survived an attempt on his life when shot at by gangland rivals in Fairview Park, north Dublin.

In 1998, aged 19, he raped two women who were working as prostitutes in a brothel in Dublin’s city centre. When one of the women refused to have intercourse with Byrne, who was on drugs at the time, he raped two of them.

Last November the unemployed Byrne was charged with handling stolen electrical goods worth over €15,000. He was also involved in the drugs trade and was a suspected armed robber.

Byrne, a father of one from Oriel Street, Dublin 1, was shot at least eight times in the upper body on Saturday night in the attack on Drumalee Avenue just off the North Circular Road.

He was driven to the area by an associate in a grey Toyota Corolla. A short time after the driver got out of the car a gunman approached and opened fire on Byrne through the passenger-side window. Byrne, who knew his life was under threat and regularly wore a bullet proof vest, was riddled with the rounds from what gardaí believe was a semi-automatic weapon. He was taken by ambulance to the Mater hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Garda sources said the killing was well planned and that those responsible clearly had information about Byrne’s movements.

A man in his 20s from the north inner city was arrested yesterday and was taken to Dublin’s Bridewell Garda station for questioning.

Gardaí believe the arrested man knew Byrne and that he was at or near the scene of the murder. They did not think he was the gunman.

The gunman was seen running down a laneway leading to Drumalee Park and from there on to Aughrim Street. He is described as being between tall and of thin build. He was wearing a grey hoody-style top and jeans or a grey tracksuit bottoms.

Supt John Gilligan said the investigating team was looking for anybody who may have been in the vicinity of Drumalee Park, Drumalee Avenue, Prussia Street or Aughrim Street at the time of the killing to contact them.

There was a “good community spirit” in Drumalee Avenue and he was hopeful locals would co-operate with the investigation.

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February 26th, 2010, 6:17 pm #2

Gangster shot to death by his own driver, say gardai



By Claire Murphy and Conor Feehan

Monday February 22 2010

Double rapist and gangster Aidan Byrne was gunned down by his own driver in Dublin's latest underworld hit.

Officers believe that the career criminal (33) was driven to the scene his of his murder, at Drumalee Avenue on the city's northside, by a man known to him.

This man is believed to have stepped out of his car, walked to collect a weapon nearby, and strolled back to Byrne, emptying a complete Glock 9mm clip into his victim.

Then the gunman approached the passenger window and shot the father-of-one 10 times.

The hitman is believed to have been carrying a Glock 26, a 9mm subcompact gun which is easily transported.

The victim's body was found riddled with bullets, a full round from what Gardai believe was a semi-automatic weapon.

Officers arrested a man in his late 20s yesterday and continuing to question him today. Sources said "good progress" was being made in the case. The scene of the killing remained sealed off today, as technical examinations continued.

Byrne was so concerned for his own life that he wore a bulletproof vest for the past three years and had survived at least three previous attacks.

However, Gardai now believe that he was lured to his death as he was not wearing his protective vest at the time of his death.

Detectives are continuing to question a 29-year-old, who is understood to have been the driver of the grey Toyota Corolla which was parked off North Circular Road when the incident occurred.

The murder is the fourth death supposedly connected to a vicious inner-city feud which erupted after notorious criminal Christy Griffin was arrested and charged with the rape of his partner's daughter.

Byrne was also the victim of several other attacks and attempts on his life. In the past year he had been slashed, shot, abducted and tortured.

While he was in Cloverhill Prison, he was assaulted and received 60 stitches for horrific facial wounds.

Byrne, from St Mary's Mansions in Dublin's north inner city, was also shot as he stood in a Dublin park, but survived the attack because he wore his bulletproof vest.

Byrne, who was originally from Oriel Street, was well known to gardai and was believed to be involved in robbery and drug trafficking.

He received a five-year prison sentence in the Central Criminal Court in 1999 for raping two prostitutes in a Dublin brothel.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses who were around the Drumalee Park, Drumalee Avenue, Prussia Street or Aughrim Street at the time of the killing. The gunman was seen running down a laneway leading to Drumalee Park and from there on to Aughrim Street.

He is described as being between 5ft 9in and 6ft in height and of thin build and was wearing a grey hoody-style top and jeans or a grey tracksuit bottoms.
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February 26th, 2010, 6:21 pm #3

Belgian dealer is new city drugs boss, works out of five star hotels
PLOT: Underworld criminal sets up arms summit in Med



By Cormac Byrne

Friday February 26 2010

A YOUNG Irishman based in Belgium has become the biggest supplier of drugs and credit to Dublin's gangs.

The 25-year-old, who works out of five star hotels in the capital is acting as trafficker Christy Kinahan's eyes and ears here as he serves a prison sentence in mainland Europe.

All of the city's main gangs, including deadly rivals are dealing with the young associate of Kinahan.

Gardai also have intelligence that Kinahan is working closely to end the feuds between the gangs and create one major drugs organisation in Dublin.

SUPPLIER

Kinahan is the main drug supplier to the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson gang and a revered figure among all members of Ireland's criminal underworld.

Kinahan (53) is currently serving a jail sentence for money laundering in Belgium and as well as running his operations in Dublin, his new commander-in-chief has also been charged with resolving the bloody feuds in the city that are proving "bad for business."

The deputy is a younger associate of Kinahan, who is on first name terms with a dozen or so major criminals, who head drug supply gangs across the city.

Kinahan has convictions for smuggling heroin and ecstasy in Ireland, and he has based in Belgium, Holland and the favourite haunt of Irish gangland figures, the Costa Del Sol, ever since he was released from jail in Ireland.

He arranges massive shipments of guns and drugs from Russian, Turkish and north African cartels into Ireland.

He had served a lengthy prison sentence at Ireland's highest security prison in Portlaoise after being convicted of fraud but has been operating actively for the past decade.

As part of his attempts to heal the rifts in Dublin's underworld, Kinahan reportedly recently arranged an all expenses paid trip to Puerto Banus for Dublin's major crime bosses.

The summit has been arranged to organise a major shipment of drugs and arms for Ireland, sources say.

'Fat' Freddie Thompson is reported to be attending, along with members of Limerick's gangs, as well as Finglas-based crime godfather 'The Don'.

The Mediterranean love-in is Kinahan's latest attempt to cool tensions on the streets of Dublin after he organised a night out for his gangland associates at a boxing bout in Dublin last year.

Crime figures like 'Fat' Freddie and 'The Don' were in attendance along with other leading figures.

"Kinahan's boxing treat was just the start of his charm offensive," a senior Garda source revealed.

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"He knows people like The Don have been killing rivals because they're convinced they're going to be wiped out.

"But Kinahan is cute enough to realise more violence on the streets brings more detectives on to the streets which is bad for business.

"He's the main man in Spain, and if he can keep all the gangs sweet with boxing matches and foreign holidays he'll continue to rake in a fortune."

Kinahan is a major target of Europol, based in The Hague, Holland and any meeting between the gang bosses would be monitored closely.
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March 3rd, 2010, 10:48 am #4


Gardaí arrest man in connection with gangland feud

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Dublin last year.

Seamus O' Byrne, aged 27, was shot three times in the back outside a house in Tymon North Park in Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

His partner was also injured in the attack, which was linked at the time to the ongoing Crumlin Drimnagh gangland feud.

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March 4th, 2010, 11:52 am #5

'No list of corrupt gardai' in gang raid



Wednesday March 03 2010

GARDAI have ruled out reports that a list of allegedly corrupt officers was found during a search of a house in Dublin.

The reports surfaced after officers carried out an extensive search of a suspected criminal's home in west Dublin last month.

The search was instigated after a gangland gun attack occurred in the city centre and involved officers raiding the property after obtaining a search warrant.

The property belonged to an underworld figure who was linked to a notorious city gang boss, who has been nicknamed The Don.

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It was one of a number of properties raided by detectives in the operation.

Of the two other houses hit in the raids, one is owned by The Don himself.

It was reported that a handwritten list, containing the names of officers and cash amounts paid to them, was found in the search of the house.

However, it now appears that the reports were erroneous.

Gardai have flatly denied that any such document was discovered in the search. "There were reports that such a list existed, these have later emerged to be false," a source said. "The document that was reported to have the names of gardai and amounts didn't exist."

Meanwhile, the extensive garda investigation into The Don's organisation continues.

The man's gang are targets of north city detectives, along with the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Criminal Assets Bureau.

The Don emerged as a major gang boss in the wake of the 2006 murder of drug dealer Marlo Hyland. He consolidated Hyland's gang in the wake of the murder and the criminal outfit he built is now believed to be behind a dozen murders, all linked to disputes over drug dealing in the city.

In the process, the outfit has reportedly taken over control of the drugs supply to large swathes of the Dublin's northside and its members are greatly feared among criminals in the capital.

The Don is not a suspect for carrying out any of the killings, and the murders are believed to have been committed by junior gang members.
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March 4th, 2010, 12:15 pm #6

Gardaí arrest man in connection with gangland feud

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Dublin last year.

Seamus O' Byrne, aged 27, was shot three times in the back outside a house in Tymon North Park in Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

His partner was also injured in the attack, which was linked at the time to the ongoing Crumlin Drimnagh gangland feud.
Man charged over Seamus O'Byrne murder
Thursday, 4 March 2010 11:51

A 32-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Seamus O'Byrne, who was shot dead in Dublin last year.

The 27-year-old was shot dead in front of his girlfriend outside his home on 13 March 2009 at Tymon Park North in Tallaght.

His girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, tried to grab the gun of the killer and was herself shot in the leg. Their baby was sitting in the car at the time.
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Gardaí believe that the murder was part of a feud in which 14 other people have been killed.

A man was re-arrested in connection with the gang related murder earlier this week and last night the Director of Public Prosecutions directed that he be charged with murder.

He is due before Tallaght District Court today.
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March 5th, 2010, 10:11 pm #7

Murder trial witness admits lying to gardaí

05/03/2010 - 19:45:11
The main witness in the case of a 22-year-old man on trial for murdering another man during a botched drug collection, has admitted that he lied to gardaí about the events.

In his evidence to the Central Criminal Court, Thomas Maher said he did not want gardaí to know he and his best friend, the deceased Paul Keegan, were involved in a “substantial drugs collection” at the time of his death.

“There were a few lies thrown into my first statement...I was just making things up as I went along. I wasn't in the right frame of mind," he admitted under cross-examination.

"I didn't realise the seriousness of the situation...didn't realise Paul was dead."

Counsel for the defence, Ms Isobel Kennedy SC, asked the witness: “If you're willing to lie to the gardaíi, what's to stop you lying (now)?

The 28-year-old van driver replied: “I'm here to give the true story today...I'm under oath here, that makes a big difference.”

Mr Maher is the main eye-witness in the trial of Warren Graham, of Shancastle Lawn in Clondalkin.

The accused denies murdering Mr Keegan (aged 42), in a lane off Cherryfield Road, Walkinstown in December 2007.

He has also pleaded not guilty to having an imitation firearm by joint enterprise, with intention to commit robbery on the same date.

The alleged firearm is a Mac II Ingram 6mm air gun, designed to look like a small Uzi sub machine-gun.

The accused later admitted to gardaí that he knifed Mr Keegan in the back at the instruction of his friend, who was being punched in the head by the deceased.

Taking the witness stand today, Mr Maher told the jury that on the evening in question, Mr Keegan agreed to drive him to Walkinstown in his Nissan jeep, to collect some “blow”.

Mr Maher said he was asked to collect the drugs as a favour and that Mr Keegan was to get a “bar of hash” for driving him there.

The witness repeatedly denied that he was to be paid €2,000 for the collection: “I wish it was for money, at least I would have been there for a purpose.”

Once they got to Walkinstown, they followed a black Volkswagon Golf into a laneway to collect the cannabis.

But Mr Maher said that once he got out of the jeep and approached the car, its driver, Philip Furlong, walked towards him and swung what he thought was an Uzi machine gun in his face.

Mr Maher said he backed away with his hands in the air as a second man came towards him, armed with a large hunting knife and screaming for his keys and his phone.

He remained adamant that Mr Keegan was the last person to walk into the lane despite repeated questioning on the issue from the defence.

Mr Maher said he made a grab for the accused who was holding the knife, a struggle broke out and he managed to break free and run down the lane.

When he stopped to look back, he saw Mr Keegan struggling with both the accused and Mr Furlong at the jeep.

Mr Maher said he ran away again when he saw the accused coming towards him.

He admitted it was “possible” that Mr Furlong was being punched “forcefully” in the head by the deceased, but he denied hearing him scream at the accused “Warren come back...help.”

The jury has been told that it will hear a number of statements the accused made to gardaí, in which he said he stabbed Mr Keegan in the back at the instruction of Mr Furlong.

Mr Graham said when he returned to the jeep after chasing Mr Maher down the lane, his friend, who was struggling with the deceased, shouted to “jab him, jab him” and he stabbed the deceased once in the back.

Mr Keegan sustained four stab wounds, one each to the heart, stomach, shoulder and back.

The trial resumes on Monday morning before the jury of six men and six women.


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March 5th, 2010, 10:12 pm #8

Man charged over Seamus O'Byrne murder
Thursday, 4 March 2010 11:51

A 32-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Seamus O'Byrne, who was shot dead in Dublin last year.

The 27-year-old was shot dead in front of his girlfriend outside his home on 13 March 2009 at Tymon Park North in Tallaght.

His girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, tried to grab the gun of the killer and was herself shot in the leg. Their baby was sitting in the car at the time.
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Gardaí believe that the murder was part of a feud in which 14 other people have been killed.

A man was re-arrested in connection with the gang related murder earlier this week and last night the Director of Public Prosecutions directed that he be charged with murder.

He is due before Tallaght District Court today.
Murder trial witness admits lying to gardaí

05/03/2010 - 19:45:11
The main witness in the case of a 22-year-old man on trial for murdering another man during a botched drug collection, has admitted that he lied to gardaí about the events.

In his evidence to the Central Criminal Court, Thomas Maher said he did not want gardaí to know he and his best friend, the deceased Paul Keegan, were involved in a “substantial drugs collection” at the time of his death.

“There were a few lies thrown into my first statement...I was just making things up as I went along. I wasn't in the right frame of mind," he admitted under cross-examination.

"I didn't realise the seriousness of the situation...didn't realise Paul was dead."

Counsel for the defence, Ms Isobel Kennedy SC, asked the witness: “If you're willing to lie to the gardaíi, what's to stop you lying (now)?

The 28-year-old van driver replied: “I'm here to give the true story today...I'm under oath here, that makes a big difference.”

Mr Maher is the main eye-witness in the trial of Warren Graham, of Shancastle Lawn in Clondalkin.

The accused denies murdering Mr Keegan (aged 42), in a lane off Cherryfield Road, Walkinstown in December 2007.

He has also pleaded not guilty to having an imitation firearm by joint enterprise, with intention to commit robbery on the same date.

The alleged firearm is a Mac II Ingram 6mm air gun, designed to look like a small Uzi sub machine-gun.

The accused later admitted to gardaí that he knifed Mr Keegan in the back at the instruction of his friend, who was being punched in the head by the deceased.

Taking the witness stand today, Mr Maher told the jury that on the evening in question, Mr Keegan agreed to drive him to Walkinstown in his Nissan jeep, to collect some “blow”.

Mr Maher said he was asked to collect the drugs as a favour and that Mr Keegan was to get a “bar of hash” for driving him there.

The witness repeatedly denied that he was to be paid €2,000 for the collection: “I wish it was for money, at least I would have been there for a purpose.”

Once they got to Walkinstown, they followed a black Volkswagon Golf into a laneway to collect the cannabis.

But Mr Maher said that once he got out of the jeep and approached the car, its driver, Philip Furlong, walked towards him and swung what he thought was an Uzi machine gun in his face.

Mr Maher said he backed away with his hands in the air as a second man came towards him, armed with a large hunting knife and screaming for his keys and his phone.

He remained adamant that Mr Keegan was the last person to walk into the lane despite repeated questioning on the issue from the defence.

Mr Maher said he made a grab for the accused who was holding the knife, a struggle broke out and he managed to break free and run down the lane.

When he stopped to look back, he saw Mr Keegan struggling with both the accused and Mr Furlong at the jeep.

Mr Maher said he ran away again when he saw the accused coming towards him.

He admitted it was “possible” that Mr Furlong was being punched “forcefully” in the head by the deceased, but he denied hearing him scream at the accused “Warren come back...help.”

The jury has been told that it will hear a number of statements the accused made to gardaí, in which he said he stabbed Mr Keegan in the back at the instruction of Mr Furlong.

Mr Graham said when he returned to the jeep after chasing Mr Maher down the lane, his friend, who was struggling with the deceased, shouted to “jab him, jab him” and he stabbed the deceased once in the back.

Mr Keegan sustained four stab wounds, one each to the heart, stomach, shoulder and back.

The trial resumes on Monday morning before the jury of six men and six women.


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March 5th, 2010, 10:16 pm #9

No verdict yet in €6.4m heroin court case

05/03/2010 - 19:17:03
The jury in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial of a man accused of transporting €6.4m worth of heroin has been sent home for the weekend after failing to reach a verdict.

Michael Byrne (aged 36), of Old Tower, Clondalkin, has pleaded not guilty to possession of 32 kilogrammes of heroin for sale or supply in the Culmore Road area of Palmerstown on January 15, 2008.

Judge Frank O’Donnell asked the jury of seven men and five women to return on Monday to resume their deliberations.


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March 7th, 2010, 12:11 pm #10

Gangster shot to death by his own driver, say gardai



By Claire Murphy and Conor Feehan

Monday February 22 2010

Double rapist and gangster Aidan Byrne was gunned down by his own driver in Dublin's latest underworld hit.

Officers believe that the career criminal (33) was driven to the scene his of his murder, at Drumalee Avenue on the city's northside, by a man known to him.

This man is believed to have stepped out of his car, walked to collect a weapon nearby, and strolled back to Byrne, emptying a complete Glock 9mm clip into his victim.

Then the gunman approached the passenger window and shot the father-of-one 10 times.

The hitman is believed to have been carrying a Glock 26, a 9mm subcompact gun which is easily transported.

The victim's body was found riddled with bullets, a full round from what Gardai believe was a semi-automatic weapon.

Officers arrested a man in his late 20s yesterday and continuing to question him today. Sources said "good progress" was being made in the case. The scene of the killing remained sealed off today, as technical examinations continued.

Byrne was so concerned for his own life that he wore a bulletproof vest for the past three years and had survived at least three previous attacks.

However, Gardai now believe that he was lured to his death as he was not wearing his protective vest at the time of his death.

Detectives are continuing to question a 29-year-old, who is understood to have been the driver of the grey Toyota Corolla which was parked off North Circular Road when the incident occurred.

The murder is the fourth death supposedly connected to a vicious inner-city feud which erupted after notorious criminal Christy Griffin was arrested and charged with the rape of his partner's daughter.

Byrne was also the victim of several other attacks and attempts on his life. In the past year he had been slashed, shot, abducted and tortured.

While he was in Cloverhill Prison, he was assaulted and received 60 stitches for horrific facial wounds.

Byrne, from St Mary's Mansions in Dublin's north inner city, was also shot as he stood in a Dublin park, but survived the attack because he wore his bulletproof vest.

Byrne, who was originally from Oriel Street, was well known to gardai and was believed to be involved in robbery and drug trafficking.

He received a five-year prison sentence in the Central Criminal Court in 1999 for raping two prostitutes in a Dublin brothel.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses who were around the Drumalee Park, Drumalee Avenue, Prussia Street or Aughrim Street at the time of the killing. The gunman was seen running down a laneway leading to Drumalee Park and from there on to Aughrim Street.

He is described as being between 5ft 9in and 6ft in height and of thin build and was wearing a grey hoody-style top and jeans or a grey tracksuit bottoms.
Blood Brothers
Picture of two of Ireland's most-feared hitmen before their brutal deaths


They lived by the gun and died by the gun.

This exclusive image shows gangland rapist Aidan 'Bonzo' Byrne smirking for the camera as he poses with his arm around hitman Paddy Doyle.

The two feared killers - who are both from Dublin's north innercity - struck fear into criminal underworld during their short and brutal lives.

But within a couple of years of this photograph being taken, both men would meet their makers at the wrong end of a pistol.

Doyle (27) died in a hail of bullets near Marbella in the south of Spain in February 2008.
Killed

And Byrne (33) was gunned down as he sat in the passenger seat of a car in North Dublin last Saturday night.

By the time he was killed, convicted rapist Byrne had managed to fall out with some of Dublin's most dangerous criminals. A source from inside the deadly North inner city feud has revealed the sordid life of one of Ireland's most marked men.

Today, the Sunday World can exclusively reveal that:

* Bonzo was involved in the murder of Mark Byrne outside Mountjoy jail.
* He had a €40,000 price on his head after raping two women.
* His house was a fortress with 30 locks on the door and a gate across it as he sought to avoid being whacked.
* He once used his own baby as a shield against a gunman who was trying to kill him.
* Batt Byrne - his murdered cousin -- was responsible for shooting Christy Griffin and throwing a grenade into his house.




GUNNED DOWN: Aidan 'Bonzo' Byrne
Last weekend, dad-of-two Byrne became the latest victim in a bloody gangland feud in the north-inner city that has claimed four lives.

The feud erupted after crime boss and gang leader Griffin was charged with the rape of a young girl. His henchmen split down the middle with Byrne, from Sheriff Street, going against the evil rapist Griffin.

Today, we lift the lid on Bonzo's ruthless criminal dealings and his role in the bloody feud.

As a well-known drug dealer Byrne, made the leap to hitman and gained a reputation as an eager gun for hire for a major crime gang. He was involved in the 2005 murder of Mark Byrne who was gunned down four minutes after being released from Mountjoy prison.

Bonzo, has survived up to seven attempts on his life before he was lured to his death last weekend.

In the past year alone he has been slashed, shot, abducted and tortured.
Chilling

In one chilling attempt a hitman burst into his flat and a terrified Byrne grabbed his own baby to protect himself. The gunman backed off and Byrne lived to fight another day.

But not before turning his home into a fortress. Our source reveals the lengths that Byrne went to, to stay alive.

"He had about 30 locks on the door as well as a big gate across it and bars on the window. He used to wear a bulletproof vest which saved his life already," he said.

Gardai believe the most likely motive for Byrne's killing was his role in the vicious Griffin feud.

But our source claims that Bonzo's life was also under threat from a number of people he ripped off in drug deals. He burned his bridges around here with numerous notorious people.



CRIME SCENE: Forensics at the shooting of Aidan Byrne on Drumalee Avenue
"He was the type to be your best mate one day and the next would disappear with your "goods" and your money.

"He used to talk about killings he was involved in.You don't shoot your mouth off about something like that but he wasn't the cleverest of people."

Like Byrne, Paddy Doyle grew up in Dublin's tough north inner city. But he grew up to play a major role in the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud on the southside of the city. Gardai claim that gangland enforcer Doyle was responsible for at least three feud related gun murders.

In one 36-hour period in November 2005, he is believed to have killed three people - Darren Geoghegan (26), Gavin Byrne (30) and Noel Roche (24).

Bonzo's first serious brush with the law came in 2000 when he was jailed after pleading guilty to raping two prostitutes in a brothel.

At the time of his release a €40,000 price was put on his head by a relative of one of his victims. I knew him from a young fella and he seemed an alright sort of a chap back then.

"When word of the rape got out people were shocked," a source said.

"He always denied it afterwards. Even after he pleaded guilty but you know he did do it. He was a scumbag.

"When you put together all the things that he did he sounds like a hard nut but he was actually a coward.

"If you ever got in his face he would never throw a punch."

Gardai believe Byrne was lured to Drumalee Avenue by a friend who was the driver of the car.

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FUNERAL: Aidan Byrne's coffin was carried by horse-drawn funeral carriage
Byrne's killer is believed to have gotten out of the car and walked into a nearby home to collect the weapon.

He then strolled back to the dark grey Toyota Corolla and emptied a full Glock 9mm clip into the convicted sex beast.

A source said: "Bonzo was into everything - mainly drugs but he robbed vans full of equipment all his life and he was a major ticket tout.

"Money was God to him and he would try his hand at anything crooked that would make him a few quid.

"For the life of me I have no idea what he did with all the money.

"If you consider all the people he shafted and all the money he would have made for himself it must have ran into hundreds of thousands.

"He was always robbing Peter to pay Paul. At the time he was shot he was paying back debts to several serious guys."

Detectives are also investigating if Byrne was murdered on the orders of 'The Don' - Finglas' notorious crime godfather.

Last year Byrne was arrested while on his way to clip The Don's righthand man,Wayne McNally. McNally was later killed by an unknown assassin.

But gardai believe Byrne is most likely to be the fourth victim in the Griffin feud. On 13 December 2006, Gerard 'Batt' Byrne was the first person killed in the feud when he was gunned down outside a Mace shop in the financial services district.

A fortnight later, Stephen Ledden (28) was shot dead as he slept on a couch at his mother's home in Oriel Street in apparent retaliation. The third feud victim, Anthony Russell, was gunned down in the Ardlea Inn in Artane when he was shot several times in the chest in April 2008.

Speaking to the Sunday World, our source said Byrne only lived as long as he did because of his family connections.

"What has saved him a couple of times in the past was the fact that people think a lot of his dad, who was not a bad fella. They are a nice family but have had a hard time. An uncle of his was shot dead years ago by some bird in a pub.

"He was warned to disappear to Spain and not come back. When he eventually did, her fella - who was heavily connected to the IRA - had him whacked".

Bonzo was a cousin of known hitman Gerard 'Batt' Byrne who responsible for multiple attempts on Griffin's life. On one occasion he
shot him in the hand and on another threw a grenade into his home which exploded.

Our source reveals the deep hatred that runs to heart of this feud.

"If Gerard had got a hold of Griffin it would have been the worst murder the police ever witnessed.

"Gerard was a psycho and had an absolute vendetta against Griffin. It would have been a case of unreal torture.
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