Massive garda operation in place as body of feud victim Eddie Hutch Snr released to family
Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30
The remains of gang war murder victim Eddie Hutch Snr have been released to his heartbroken family.
A massive Garda operation was put in place to facilitate the removal of the taxi-driver's body to a house in Dublin's north inner city.
A Mercedes hearse transferred the body of Mr Hutch, who was gunned down in his North Strand home 10 days ago.
Heavily armed gardaí surrounded a house on Portland Row in Dublin 1, where the 59-year-old will be waked until his funeral ceremony at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street tomorrow.
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The modest red brick terrace is the home of Mr Hutch's sister Margaret.
It is understood that armed gardaí will remain in the direct vicinity of the house to ensure the safety of mourners wishing to pay their respects to him
Gardaí believe Eddie Hutch, the brother of former crime boss Gerry "The Monk" Hutch, was killed in retaliation for the murder of drug dealer David Byrne in Dublin's Regency Hotel.
Mr Hutch Snr was shot nine times in front of his partner in his Poplar Row maisonette three days after the audacious attack at the north Dublin venue where a six-man gang stormed a weigh-in hosted by crime lord Daniel Kinahan.
Members of the elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) were positioned in various locations throughout Dublin's north inner city for a number of hours yesterday before his remains were brought home.
The security operations will continue until after Mr Hutch is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery tomorrow.
A number of Garda marksmen will take positions at vantage points that will run along the cortege route.
It is feared that members of the Kinahan cartel may launch an attack on certain warring factions of the Hutch family during the proceedings.
It is understood Gerry Hutch, who is expected to attend the event, is the key target for the drug gang.
They have made a number of attempts on his life in recent months.
Gardaí will conduct a number of sweeps for explosives - due to fears members of the Kinahan gang could use bombs, grenades or rockets.