The killing in Spain last September of Gary Hutch sparked a feud between rival Irish crime gangs.

The killing in Spain last September of Gary Hutch sparked a feud between rival Irish crime gangs.

What is the dominant ethnic gang in Europe’s main drug- trafficking route?

The Russian Mafia? The Turkish Connection? Bloodthirsty Albanian crime lords who would cut your throat as soon as look at you?

No.

They are all main players, mind you – along with the Chinese triads, West Africans and Eastern Europeans – but they’re not the top players.

People in Ireland will be surprised to discover who the number one dominators are: the Irish cartels that have shipped far and wide over the last decade and more.

Today, organised crime is one of Ireland’s most effective exports.

To be fair – and precise – it is not a purely Irish set-up. Instead it is an Anglo-Irish agreement of sorts, a loose collection of gangsters, underworld families and crime groups that stretch out like a lattice over the English Channel and the Irish Sea.

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http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/irish-gangs-join-british-to-control-europe-s-drug-gateways-1.2665103