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Darragh Culhane

Daniel Kinahan opens up on Regency assassination attempt in rare public interview

Daniel Kinahan has opened up on the infamous Regency assassination attempt for the first time ahead of a rare interview.

The notorious mob boss recently sat down with podcaster James English in an interview that is set to be released next week.

Daniel, who reportedly runs operations for the infamous Kinahan mob, is one of the biggest names in boxing and sat down with English to touch on all things boxing as well as facing questions to his links to organised crime.

And in a trailer released by English on Wednesday, Kinahan was asked about the 2016 shootings.

Members of the Hutch gang stormed the north Dublin hotel in February 2016 with the hotel hosting a weigh in event ahead of a boxing fight night with Kinahan believed to be the main target but the crime boss managed to scurry away while associate David Byrne was killed.

And speaking of the event, Kinahan said: "I'm going to tell you and I never told anyone this story. I seen there six metres from me and then I'd seen the gun at the back and then I go.

"And I hear shots getting let go behind me."

Also in the trailer, Kinahan further addresses his links to organised crime, saying: "If I'm this bad person and the things they wrote about me, the newspapers wrote about me that I supplied guns to these rebel kids in Africa, I had a billion dollars of cocaine that went through America. Come on, if this really happened in America I'd be in America.

"I grew up where I grew up and I'm not going to say I was an angel but I'm proud of where I was brought up and I'm proud of how I was brought up and what I've turned things into now. I want to turn everything into a positive and I want to help people."

English’s podcast, which has featured controversial guests in the past such as conspiracy theorist David Icke, is well known and has over 350,000 subscribers.

The podcast has also hosted a number of gangland figures such as Darren Gee and Martin Herbert.

In a description about his podcast, James English has said: “My anything goes podcast is a place you’ll find me talking to people about their real life stories. On my show I chat with comedians, serious criminals, actors, porn stars, doctors, politicians and much more. Everyone has a story and I let them tell it.”

Kinahan was named by gardai in Dublin’s High court as being in control of an international drugs cartel.

His mob are also said to be responsible for some 16 murders in a bloody gangland feud with the Hutch gang that has seen 18 men killed.

Despite many of his key allies and lieutenants being locked up in recent years, Kinahan continues to try and paint himself as a legitimate businessman and powerhouse in the sport of boxing - all from the safety of his bolthole in Dubai.

He has regularly been photographed with major boxing figures and boxers - most notably two-time heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury.

Fury, who has no involvement in crime, has reportedly been advised by Kinahan.

Despite previously ‘stepping back’ from his role in boxing, Kinahan is continually lauded in public by key boxing figures, in what is suspected to be a major PR campaign to whitewash his image.

Now it is feared that this ‘interview’ could see Kinahan again attempting to cement his image as some sort of normal businessman - and a powerful figure in the world of boxing.

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