The High Court has appointed a receiver to sell a luxury gated home in Saggart in Co Dublin, which was under the control of the Kinahan organised crime group.

The five-bedroom detached house has been declared the proceeds of crime and is to be sold on the open market.

It has been valued at up to €800,000.

It is the first property to be seized from Daniel Kinahan, one of three leaders of the transnational crime gang.

Neither Mr Kinahan nor Thomas Kavanagh engaged with Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) or opposed the application to seize and sell the house at Coldwater Lakes and were not represented in court.

The inside of the property

Judge Michael McGrath said he was satisfied with the application and appointed CAB Legal Officer Kevin McMeel as the receiver.

He is due to take possession of the property and begin the process of selling in next Thursday week.

Mr Kinahan stayed in the house when he was in Dublin.

The businessman James Mansfield Junior gave the Kinahan gang the house, along with cash, after he failed to invest €4.5m in property, which the gang had given him in two suitcases.

James Mansfield Junior was holding a party in a bar on Good Friday 2009 when four Kinahan gangster arrived

The gang paid for four townhouses in Saggart Lodge Court, which Mansfield Jr was developing.

Mansfield Jr was holding a party in a bar on Good Friday 2009 when four Kinahan gangsters arrived, including Kavanagh and convicted murderer Freddie Thompson.

Mansfield Jr gave instructions they were to be given VIP treatment and rooms for the night if they wished.

The men stayed over and handed over the suitcases with the cash the following day.

Mansfield Jr's former head of security Martin Byrne, who is now in the Witness Protection Programme, told the CAB that Mansfield Jr told him that even though he (Mansfield) was partying last night, he was still making money.

However, the company developing the townhouses went into receivership and the deal went sour, leaving the Kinahans without any houses or money.

The Mansfields began receiving threats and came under pressure to give the Kinahan gang back its money. The five-bedroomed detached house at 10 Coldwater Lakes was handed over.

The head of CAB Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gubbins outlined in an affidavit the evidence gathered to show that Mr Kinahan lived in the house.

Gardaí searched the house and found Mr Kinahan's passport, an Aer Lingus baggage sticker in his name for his flight booked by the boxing company MGM and CCTV footage showing his brother Christopher Kinahan coming and going from the house.

Daniel Kinahan is currently in Dubai

They also found documents linked to other Kinahan gangsters including James Quinn, who is currently in jail in Spain for the murder of Gary Hutch and Naoufal Fassih, the Moroccan criminal discovered in a Kinahan-linked property in Baggot Street in Dublin.

A white envelope containing €5,000 in cash with 'KAVS’ written on it was also recovered, which CAB believes was Kavanagh’s money.

CAB also seized another €24,150 in cash in the house and a further €20,500 in a nearby house.

CAB tried to serve notices on Mr Kinahan, the controller of the Kinahan organised crime group. and Kavanagh, the number two in the gang.

Kavanagh is in jail in the UK while Mr Kinahan is in Dubai.

Kavanagh was visited three times in Belmarsh prison and Full Sutton prison in York by gardaí and British police, but each time he replied no comment when he was asked if he wanted to appear at the proceedings or appoint representation.

Thomas Kavanagh is the number two in the Kinahan organised crime group

Registered letters were sent to Mr Kinahan at two addresses in Dubai where he is known to live and gardaí called two phone numbers he put on a recent passport application, but got no response.

They also sent an email to an email address he gave.

A friend of Mr Kinahan, Anthony Fitzgerald, who was living in the house, told the gardaí that he had informed Mr Kinahan as requested.

He confirmed to CAB that he had "reached out" to Mr Kinahan and said he would do so again, but could not guarantee he would contact the gardaí.

When the gardaí went to the house on the 23 May 2019, Mr Fitzgerald was living there with family.

The High Court heard today that they have since moved out and CAB has vacant possession of the property.

Judge Michael McGrath agreed to a CAB application to put a stay on the order until 10am on 24 November to properly effect the order.

The house has been valued at between €750,000 and €800,000.

The money received will be lodged under the control of the receiver and handed over to the State after seven years.