Drug trafficker suspected of ordering killings

GARDAÍ suspect a major drug trafficker put up money for the murder of the Corbally brothers after they gave his associate “a hiding” in April.

Detectives are also investigating the theory that this 36-year-old trafficker also wanted Paul and Kenneth Corbally dead in a bid to “clean out” the rival drug trafficking gang to which they were aligned.

The head of this gang was sentenced last month to a lengthy jail term after being caught with a massive haul of heroin.

This was the latest in a series of violent clashes between the two gangs.

Last September, more than 20 people from both gangs engaged in a mass fight outside Hannigen’s pub in Ballyfermot.

Gardaí said a range of weapons were used, including knives, broken bottles, broken glasses and even crutches. A British criminal was fatally stabbed in the melee and an associate of the rival drug trafficker is the suspected killer. The two Corbally’s also took part in the fight.

Gardaí yesterday continued talking to the 14-year- old boy who was injured in Monday’s shooting. He is under protective custody. Gardaí are also anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen a silver Audi A6.

The car was stolen in Co Carlow during the night of the June 8/9. The correct registration number for the car is 02 D 2633, and the car may have been seen with either this number or 00 KE 13498, a false plate.


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