Gardai are tasked with overseeing the funeral of the father of wanted Kinahan employee Sean McGovern

Gardaí are expected to discreetly oversee the funeral of the father of wanted Kinahan employee Sean McGovern later this week.

The fugitive cartel member is wanted here for murder and organized crime in connection with the Hutch/Kinahan feud that claimed the lives of 18 people.

An arrest warrant was issued for McGovern earlier this year but he is currently believed to be stationed in the Middle East.

His father, Desmond McGovern, passed away at his home in Crumlin over the weekend.

Sources said Mr McGovern was a “well respected” man who had previously worked with the Eastern Health Board.

His funeral is due to take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Morne Road in Drimnagh on Thursday morning.

An obituary described him as a beloved husband and devoted father who is “loved forever and will be sadly missed” by his family and friends. understands detectives will be monitoring the funeral service to determine if Sean McGovern, 36, has returned for his father’s funeral.

However, Gardaí think it is “highly unlikely” that he will travel back to Dublin for fear of imprisonment.

A source said: “He faces very serious charges and would be arrested immediately if he returned to Ireland. All information indicates that he has no intention of returning here for this reason.

“While the likelihood is highly unlikely, Gardaí cannot take any chances and will be keeping an eye on what is happening. This will be done discreetly,” the source added.

Sean McGovern is to be charged with murder and running a criminal gang in connection with the fatal shooting of Noel “Duck Egg” Kirwan in December 2016.

Gardaí also want to charge McGovern with a failed plot to murder Hutch employee James “Mago” Gately in Belfast in April 2017.

Detectives believe he played a “hands-on” role in organizing attacks between 2016 and 2017 but later fled to the Middle East.

From there he is suspected of continuing to play a major role in the cartel’s operations and was responsible for running the European drug network before the US government announced financial sanctions against the gang.

At a press conference earlier this year in Dublin, Garda Deputy Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is now retired, said they were asking for information about McGovern’s movements.

“Anyone with knowledge of Sean McGovern’s whereabouts who is subject to a European Arrest Warrant should contact An Garda Siochana.”

A Crumlin native, 36, was also injured in the Regency Hotel shooting in February 2016.

He suffered a gunshot wound in the abdomen, but was released from the hospital a few days later and refused to help the Garda probe. Gardai are tasked with overseeing the funeral of the father of wanted Kinahan employee Sean McGovern

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