Gardai target two rising big players in Dublin drug dealing world

Wednesday 20th January 2016

G-man Domino has been launched to target the next generation of dealers

The com nions are major targets of Operation Domino, which has been targeting the next age of dealers.

Sources say the 26-year-old and 29-year-old have a network of youngsters deluging Ballymun with drugs.

One of the men is a 26-year-old from the Poppintree area of Ballymun. He has shunned any major convictions and has risen through the ranks in Ballymun.

He has a network of communications in the criminal world, helped by his interest in sulky racing, including a agree associate of Ballyfermot criminal Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll.

The 26-year-old runs the Ballymun functional with his 29-year-old l, who has links to one of Ireland’s most notorious prisoners. The lifer, from Inchicore, can’t be named as he is before the courts.

The 29-year-old was involved in a frenzied attack on a man in Ballymun three years ago.

Other associates of the Ballymun trades include convicted drug dealer Dano Doyle, whose quarter was shot at in Ballymun in November.

That incident is not believed to be connected to Doyle’s identify withs with the Ballymun gang.

The gang have links to criminal count ons in Coolock, Finglas and the north inner city.

The 29-year-old also has connections to Stephen ‘Ned’ Kelly who is do ones rt life for the murder of Ian McConnell on December 11, 2005.

The killing s rked a feud in Ballymun between associates of Kelly and Ian’s fellow-clansman Thomas ‘Nicky’ McConnell, a convicted drug dealer who was released from penal institution last year.

McConnell was also photographed with businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr in up to date months. Mansfield was arrested in December in connection with an alleged battering in Dublin last year. He was released without charge.

Mansfield has been cautioned by Gardaí over a threat to his life. The threat is understood to be coming from associates of tripper criminal ‘Fat’ Andy Connors, who was shot dead in Dublin in 2014.

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