Sunday 20 August 2017

Gardaí on standby in bid to prevent any attacks on anniversary of brutal Regency Hotel shootings

The grave of David Byrne in Mount Jerome Cemetery
The grave of David Byrne in Mount Jerome Cemetery
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Gardaí have been out in force this weekend in a bid to prevent any attacks on the one-year anniversary of the Regency Hotel shootings.

A Memorial Mass was held this morning for murder victim David Byrne in St Nicholas of Myra Church on Francis Street in Dublin - the same church where his funeral took place a year ago.

Gardaí have been carrying out security sweeps involving sniffer dogs over the weekend at Mount Jerome Cemetery to ensure that mourners at the grave will not be targeted.

David Byrne (34) - who was a key figure in the Kinahan cartel - was gunned down on February 5 2016 in a revenge attack for the murder of Gary Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

It is understood that the Mass will be a low-key affair with major players in the Kinahan cartel not expected to attend.

Gardaí will be in attendance at today's church service and will be carrying out surveillance in areas around the north and south inner city afterwards.

Armed detectives have this week been escorting James Byrne - the father of the Regency victim.

David Byrne's brother Liam is believed to be a major target for the Hutch gang and will not be in attendance today.

Byrne's murder was the spark which ignited the Kinahan-Hutch feud, which has claimed the lives of at least 11 in the past year.

Some of the feud's other victims include father-of-five Eddie Hutch, who was gunned down at his home on Poplar Row on the night of February 8 last year, just three days after the Regency attack.

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