The death has occurred of John O’Grady, the Dublin dentist who was kidnapped by Dessie O’Hare, known as The Border Fox in 1987.

It is believed that Mr O’Grady had been ill for some time.

Dr O’Grady was kidnapped from his home in Cabinteely on October 13th 1987 by O’Hare and was held captive for 23 days before his release. He was not the intended victim of the kidnap gang who had mistaken his home for that of his father-in-law Dr Austin Darragh.

During his kidnap ordeal, his fingers were mutilated by the gang and was finally freed after a shoot-out with Gardai.

O’Hare was sentenced to a minimum 40 years in prison but was released early under the 1999 amnesty.

Dr O’Grady never spoke publicly about his ordeal.