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'We didn't mean to offend anyone': Backlash after gangland t-shirts found for sale online

The items have been removed from sale.

The items for sale.
The items for sale.
Image: CraicClothing

THE CHAIR OF Dublin City Council’s Joint Policing Committee has labelled a company selling Kinahan and Hutch themed clothing as a “disgrace”.

The t-shirts and hoodies were found to be on sale from Craic Clothing. The clothing features either ‘Team Hutch’ or ‘Team Kinahan’ slogans – something which councillor Daithí De Róiste declared as “ridiculously insensitive”.

The Kinahan t-shirt features the word ‘Southside’ – referring to the cartel’s Crumlin base. An Uzi submachine gun is emblazoned across the front also.

The Hutch shirt features a knuckleduster and the word ‘Northside’ and ‘old school’.

De Róiste said that he had no idea who would wear one of the tops.

He said: “It’s a disgrace, really. Whoever thought this was okay just wasn’t thinking. It’s tone deaf. I am glad to see that the company has decided to take these off sale. It was the right thing to do.”

The company has since pulled the range and apologised.

A statement read: “They have been taken down and the page is being taken down later too. We didn’t mean to offend anyone.

“It was a stupid idea that didn’t have too much thought put into it. We can’t apologise enough for any offence we caused.”

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