Eddie Hutch senior has been shot dead in Dublin's north inner city
Published 08/02/2016 | 20:22
A MAN in his 50s has been shot dead in Dublin in what is feared to be a reprisal following the shooting at the Regency Hotel last Friday.
The dead man has been named as Eddie Hutch Snr, a brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.
The victim, in his 50s, was shot at around 7.45pm tonight, at Poplar Row, North Strand, Dublin 3.
It is believed at least four men were involved in the attack, bursting into the house and opening fire with handguns.
Eddie Hutch Snr was shot up to nine times, and collapsed and died in the hallway of his home.
His body remains at the scene. It is understood that his partner was in the home at the time of the attack, but was uninjured.
Eddie Hutch Snr was a father-of-five.
A silver 3 Series BMW, believed to be the getaway vehicle, was found abandoned on St Patrick's Parade, Drumcondra. A container of petrol was found inside the car, sources said.
A large number of gardai are at the scene which has been sealed off. Gardai said tonight that a technical examination of the area was taking place.
"A full investigation team is in place involving local and national Garda Units. The office of the State Pathologist has been informed," a garda spokesperson said.
Eddie Hutch Snr was not considered to be a violent criminal and tended to stay in the background. He had a number of convictions for small-time fraud and shop lifting.
However, he was suspected of helping to launder some of the proceeds from the heists masterminded by his brother Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.
Eddie Hutch Snr - who also worked as a taxi driver - was one of a large group of the Monk's associates targeted in Operation Alpha the first major investigation launched by the Criminal Assets Bureau shortly after it was first established in 1996.
As part of the enquiry, which was to last over ten years, the CAB seized a bank account in Eddie Hutch's name which contained over €156,000.
The shooting took place despite the fact that extra armed gardai were deployed to the streets of Dublin to prevent further bloodshed.
Last Friday, David Byrne (34) was shot dead and two others were injured when a gang stormed the Regency Hotel.
Byrne was an associate of crime boss Christy Kinahan, who is from Dublin's south inner city.
Kinhan's son Daniel was believed to be the target of last Friday's attack - but managed to escape unharmed.
Security sources say they have no doubt that Daniel Kinihan was the target as well as several of his associates in revenge for the murder of criminal Gary Hutch in Marbella last September. Gary Hutch was a nephew of Eddie Hutch Snr.
A retaliation strike was feared following last Friday's murder - although it's very early in the investigation, it's believed the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr was an act of revenge.
Situation very tense in Ballybough after shooting. We need calm. Potential for further escalation terrifying.— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) February 8, 2016
Former Lord Mayor Cllr Christy Burke said the community is in a state of shock.
"I called for calm and no retaliations. This is going to add more misery to a community already struggling with crime. We are in shock."
@FitzgeraldFrncs re tonight's shooting. Gardaí will take all necessary steps to try to prevent further bloodshed. Min meeting Garda Com tmrw— JusticeDepartment (@DeptJusticeIRL) February 8, 2016
The Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: "Tonight's fatal shooting in Dublin is another deplorable example of the ruthlessness of gangland criminals. It seems that some gangs are intent on waging a feud where human life counts for nothing.
"The Gardaí will take all necessary steps to try to prevent further bloodshed but we have to recognise the challenges they face. Members of gangs who have fears for their safety should come forward to the Gardaí.
"I will be meeting with the Garda Commissioner and her senior officers tomorrow."
Tanaiste Joan Burton tonight condemned the latest violence.
"I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms tonight's latest gangland murder in Dublin's north inner city."
"This incident is clearly linked to last Friday's killing, and our priority must be to ensure that this feud does not escalate."
"We will give An Garda Siochana all the necessary support to find those responsible. Communities must be protected from these brutal criminals who have no interest in the rule of law, only their own selfish interests."
"We need to have adequate procedures in place to deal with gangland criminals, including the Special Criminal Court."
"Following tonight's murder I have spoken at length to the minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, and I and my Cabinet colleagues will continue to monitor the situation extremely closely over the coming days."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny addressed supporters in Wexford but made no reference to the latest gun murder.
He had spoken on a number of occasions earlier in the day about the attack at the Regency Hotel and had hit out against Sinn Fein for their campaign to abolish the Special Criminal court.
He referenced these issues again but said nothing on the shooting of Eddie Hutch.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area or may have information, to contact them at Fitzgibbon Garda Station on 01 666 8400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
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