Crime boss transferred to prison for allegedly offering to make connections with an associate

Gangland boss Paschal Kelly has been transferred from a Dublin prison after he was accused of trying to create an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

Elly is serving 18 years for a €92,000 postal robbery and ‘Tiger’ kidnapping in which three women were tied up and kidnapped.

He had been serving his sentence at Wheatfield Prison since it was imposed in 2019 but has now been transferred to Cork.

There is no indication that the associate encouraged or engaged with veteran criminal Kelly.

It’s not the first time the ex-CAB target has gotten into trouble behind bars.

Last April, Kelly appeared in court on charges of having a cell phone in jail.

He was brought before Blanchardstown District Court and charged with possession of a mobile phone at Wheatfield Prison on November 19, 2019.

Kelly was part of a gang that broke into Postmistress Malahide’s home on September 25, 2014 and tied her up along with her daughter and an Italian student who was staying at the house.

He was once one of Ireland’s most prolific criminals, specializing in tiger raids, which were often used to raise money to buy supplies of drugs.

However, a falling out with Dublin’s ‘Mr Big’ over money after he was targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau saw him slide down the pecking order in Ireland’s underworld.

Associates of the two men are suspected of being behind the 2014 murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan, but Kelly and his subordinate later fell out over missing money.

He’d mentored the notorious young criminal who’s since taken over his patch of Coolock in a gangland-style coup and left him out in the cold.

In 2014 the High Court gave the CAB the green light to sell its Hillview home in Cormeen, Castlerahan in Ballyjamesduff in Cavan.

He bought it 10 years ago for €190,000 and built stables for horses on the site.

He’d claimed he was unemployed and worked part-time as a window washer and selling junk and cars.

A warrant for his arrest was issued at the time for tax offenses and he was later jailed for threatening to kill a CAB officer.

Kelly had once occupied it in a luxurious home in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, set in three quarters of an acre of manicured grounds.

Inside he had installed a jacuzzi and bar and he parked his fancy cars in the driveway.

But after falling out with Mr Big, he first fled to the UK before eventually being arrested in Ireland, where he was living under an assumed identity.

Kelly, posing as “Patrick Smith”, had been reduced to life in a rented one-bed cottage in Castlepollard for fear of being caught or killed.

He had been linked to the 2014 Tiger kidnapping after Gardaí seized a VW Golf used in the raid.

Two water bottles found in the car and near discarded clothing have been linked to Kelly using DNA forensics.

The botched raid was the beginning of the end of Kelly’s long criminal career. Crime boss transferred to prison for allegedly offering to make connections with an associate

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