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Gardaí believe Kinahan gunman who 'accidentally shot himself' was murdered

Journal.ie logo Journal.ie 21/04/2017 Garreth MacNamee

The entrance to the Riverdale estate in Leixlip Kildare. © Google Maps The entrance to the Riverdale estate in Leixlip Kildare. A SUSPECTED KINAHAN cartel gunman who was found dead in a car in December after seemingly shooting himself in the head by accident was in fact murdered, gardaí believe.

Glen Clarke was discovered in a car in the Leixlip area of Kildare on 2 December. It was thought at the time that he was on the way to carry out the murder of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan, who was eventually shot just days before Christmas in the Clondalkin area of west Dublin.

However, it has now emerged that a file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to his case.

Gardaí were investigating Clarke over the murders of innocent men Martin O’Rourke, who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity on Sheriff Street last year, and Trevor O’Neill, another innocent man shot dead in Spain.

Clarke’s family has always maintained that he was not a gunman for hire for the cartel.

His body was discovered in a car fitted with fake number plates. He was wearing a white boiler suit at the time and was in possession of a handgun.

The garda press office told TheJournal.ie this morning it had no update on the case. This is despite Inspector Jeremiah Bergin, according to today’s Irish Daily Star, telling Clarke’s inquest yesterday that they are investigating the death as a potential murder and that a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Clarke’s family has always maintained that he was murdered.

Gardaí have moved additional resources into dedicates units to tackle the ongoing gangland feud in Dublin. believe they have stopped at least 10 murders in the last 12 months as intelligence details and some high-profile arrests have led to an increase in the number of drug and gun seizures.

Angelina Power the partner of gangland shooting victim Martin O'Rourke kisses his photograph on the side of the hearse. © Eamonn Farrell Angelina Power the partner of gangland shooting victim Martin O'Rourke kisses his photograph on the side of the hearse.

Earlier this year, gardaí raided a premises in west Dublin where they seized nine revolvers, four semi-automatic pistols, a submachine gun and an assault rifle. Nearly 1,500 rounds of ammunition was also discovered. In follow-up searches, another €300k in cash was found. Much of the cash was stuffed in bags and hidden in innocent people’s homes.

Various garda investigations and continuous work by elite and uniformed officers have severely restricted how the cartel can operate. Serious charges now face a number of people suspected of being members of the gang.

There are also rumours that there is a senior member of the cartel who has been giving information to gardaí. In one case, one of them was giving information to officers over the murder of Gary Hutch, who was killed in the south of Spain as members of the cartel thought he was an informer.

Not only has there been a high number of seizures in Dublin and abroad, the increased surveillance is making it extremely difficult for the cartel to conduct business in the way it used to.

There are currently fears that the Hutch faction is preparing another high-profile attack similar to the Regency Hotel last year.

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