Gardai fear feud escalation after man beaten to a pulp by 'Mr Flashy' mob

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Gardai fear a major escalation in a bitter West Dublin feud after associates of gang boss ‘Mr Flashy’ brutally beat a man in a horrific attack.

The Star has learned that associates of the Finglas criminal attacked a man known to dead gangster Shane Fowler – beating him with irons bars, slashing him, and leaving him with serious head injuries.

It is believed associates of Mr Flashy set upon the man and another at Abbotstown Drive in Finglas in the early hours of Monday morning – and beat them to a pulp.

Last night gardai confirmed to The Star an investigation into the assault of two men in their 50s in the area at around 12:25am on Monday.

“It’s understood both men were set upon by a group of males and sustained head injuries. Enquiries are ongoing,” a garda spokesperson said.

It is understood both of the men were later discharged from hospital – having suffered serious lacerations to their head.

And now it has also emerged that associates of the injured men then struck back – smashing up a car belonging to a women who is known to ‘Mr Flashy’ on Monday.

The vehicle belonging to the woman was smashed up in the Rathoath estate in Finglas on Monday, sources confirmed.

Sources say that act of retaliation, which struck close to ‘Mr Flashy,’ was a serious act of intimidation and will lead to a significant rise in tensions.

“This was a serious escalation in what has been an already very dangerous situation,” a source said.

“There is potential here for a serious feud between both sides, and there is great concern for people’s safety.”

Associates of Shane Fowler, who died in a horror motorbike crash in 2019, also attacked a man known to Mr Flashy on Monday – leaving him with a broken eye-socket.

Each of the incidents come as ‘Mr Flashy’ and several of his associates were arrested on Monday after being caught with €60,000 of suspected cocaine.

They were later released without charge, with a file going to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter.

The escalation in violence also comes after The Star recently revealed that troubled mob boss ‘Mr Flashy’ had been handed a Garda Information Message (GIM) – a form officially notifying him of a credible threat to his own life.

Sources say the young mobster, who fell out with the Kinahan cartel, is enraged by the attack on the close female associate’s vehicle.

Equally sources say gardai are concerned that associates of slain gangster Shane Fowler will continue to escalate the violence after a man known to them was brutally attacked.

Gardai now fear the potential for loss of life in a bitter feud that is reaching boiling point in recent days.

Shane Fowler (35) was killed in a horror motorcycle crash on Dunsink Park in Finglas in 2019.

Gardai believe he was on his way to carry out a hit on the infamous Kinahan mobster known as ‘Mr Flashy’ at the time.

Ever since then tensions have increasingly escalated – but sources say they are now at an all-time high – thanks to the gang assault on Monday.

Flashy, who is based in the Finglas area of the city and is regarded as one of Dublin’s most dangerous criminals, was one of eight people arrested in the apartment – including a teenage boy this week.

They were all arrested on suspicion of drug dealing and were being held at different stations in the city centre, but were released without charge last night as none of them admitted owning the drug.

Gardai will now try to forensically connect Flashy and other suspects to the haul.

It’s understood Flashy – who heads a mob of young guns nicknamed the Gucci Gang because of their love of bling and expensive clothes – has been spending more and more time away from his power base of Finglas as he tries to increase his cocaine empire into the souther inner city.

The arrest of Flashy comes just weeks after The Star revealed how his former bosses in the Kinahan gang turned against him – and sent a hitman to Ireland to kill him.

Sources revealed that the cartel, led by mobster Daniel Kinahan (43) believe he is a now a liability because of the Garda attention on him.

He was regarded as an important cog in the Irish drugs arm of empire – but relations have now soured.

Sources say the cartel is angry Flashy has become involved in a bitter gang feud that has left five men dead – and are bringing even more Garda heat on the drugs network.

And they are also annoyed that Flashy is using the Kinahan name to threaten other criminals in the Dublin area.

The cartel was so annoyed with Flashy that it spent thousands of euro to send a foreign based hitman to Dublin to kill him – but gardai foiled the plot.

Sources have revealed a key Kinahan gunman, who is a suspect for at least three murders connected to the cartel’s war against the extended Hutch family and associates, was on the run abroad – but was ordered back to Dublin to kill Flashy.

But Garda detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau became aware of the plot and moved in to arrest the killer as he was preparing to carry out the murder.

He was arrested with a loaded pistol and was recently jailed for possession of the weapon – but sources have confirmed he was here to murder Flashy.

The cartel turned against Flashy when he became involved in a separate bitter feud in north Dublin in 2019.

Zach Parker (23), Sean Little and Jordan Davis, Eoin Boylan (all 23) and Iranian national Hamid Sanambar (41) have all been killed in the feud – with Flashy’s mob behind at least three of them.

Source: Dublin News