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Monday 24 July 2017

Gardai: 'We had no information of any threats at weigh-in'

Police attend the scene of a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Police attend the scene of a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Martin Grant

Gardai have revealed today that they did not have any specific intelligence or information that there were any risks or any threats associated with the weigh-in at the Regency Hotel yesterday.

Gardai told the media today that if they had any information about a potential attack 'there would have been an operational plan put in place'.

"Had we any information you can rest assured there would have been an operational plan put in place. We didn't have any information."

A manhunt is under way for a four-man gang who carried out a gun attack in a family-run hotel packed with innocent guests.

Criminal David Byrne was shot dead and two others injured as two gunmen armed with AK-47s - and two others with handguns - opened fire in the Regency Hotel in Dublin. Three of the men were dressed as gardaí.

The brazen gangland shooting occurred as about 100 people, including several members of the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate, attended a weigh-in for a boxing event.

Hotel manager John Glynn saw one man shot dead in the reception area of the hotel.

"They fired into the bar and could have hit anyone. They could have turned on anyone," he said. "They could have fired on me or any of the staff or guests."

Two men with AK-47s began firing shots as they reached the main front door of the hotel. A third man dressed in a Garda uniform and a fourth - dressed as a woman - were also involved in the hit, which is believed to be linked to the murder of criminal Gary Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

David Byrne (34), from Raleigh Square in Crumlin - a key Dublin-based member of the Christy Kinahan cartel for years - died at the scene.

Sean McGovern (30), from Captain's Road in Crumlin, was said to be in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital after being shot in the stomach, while Aaron Bolger (25), from Killinarden in Tallaght, was being treated after he was shot in the thigh.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called the shooting "an extreme case", while party colleague Richard Bruton branded it "a new low".

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