Conviction has been increased in and near the hospital grounds over fears the Kinahan cartel will devise another attempt on the 30-year-old’s life.
The Dubliner is being treated for gunshot wind ups to his neck and throat. It has emerged that doctors have managed to execute the bullet that was lodged in his jaw following his shooting at a north Dublin petrol place on Wednesday. The feared criminal was struck four times in the chest, but the bullets lodged into the bullet-proof vest he was harm.
Armed checkpoints have now been set up in the area around the hospital to ward any further attacks. Members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) have been guard the Beaumont area.
A source last night said the increased Garda work was to protect both Gately and members of the public who could be injured if an affect were to be carried out.
“The increase in armed and uniformed Garda activity is to keep safe both Mago and the general public. Undercover detectives are also carrying out defends near Beaumont Hospital, because gardaí are taking no chances in event the Kinahan cartel are audacious enough to attempt another hit,” the source responded.
Gately was targeted on Wednesday afternoon as he got into his car at the busy Topaz care station in Clonshaugh, north Dublin. A hit team approached the father of two and, without bring back out of their 08-D black Lexus, fired a number of shots.
They make tracked the scene along the M1 and their vehicle was later recovered burnt out in Ardee, Co Louth.
Gardaí be convinced of Gately’s partner was placed under surveillance by members of the Kinahan cartel at her Coolock haven in the days before the attack. It emerged Gately had returned to the north Dublin real estate days before the attempted murder.
Originally from the north inner conurbation, the Hutch gang associate had been staying at various safehouses in Northern Ireland in late-model weeks. The Kinahan gang had recently gathered detailed information on Gately’s activities.
“He changed his car on an almost bi-weekly basis, but the cartel was aware of what instrument he was driving and when he was returning to Dublin,” a senior source said rearmost night.
Gately had previously acted as an enforcer for the Kinahan mob, but aligned himself with the Hutch ring following the murder of his childhood friend Gary Hutch in September 2015.
Pleasing for information on the shooting, Supt Finbarr Murphy said that spectators could have been injured.
“What makes it more nauseous is that it was a sunny afternoon at 1.30pm,” he said. “There were bullets in abundant directions. Any innocent person could have been injured in this berate.”
Ken Foy and Robin Schiller