Crowds gather at wake of Eddie Hutch amid fears of further violence
Published 18/02/2016 | 11:02
HEAVILY armed gardai are to patrol Eddie Hutch's funeral amid concerns that the Christy Kinahan cartel have grenades at their disposal.
Crowds of sympathisers gathered at the home of Hutch's sister on Portland Row this evening where he is being waked.
Detectives believe Hutch was shot in revenge for the killing of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel. Hutch is not believed to have been involved in serious crime.
While the funeral itself is expected to pass off peacefully, there are fears of a fresh wave of violence in the days and weeks afterwards.
Detectives also received reports that the rival faction to the Kinahans had planned a "spectacular attack" against cartel members in a pub this week.
"These gangs are in the planning phase now, and while associates of Gary Hutch may have been planning a spectacular, they are not the ones who actually have grenades," a senior source said.
"However, the Hutch crowd still have the AK-47 weapons which were used in the hotel gun attack and were never recovered, so this situation is very serious."
In other developments, it has emerged that a notorious west Dublin hitman who has links to Gary Hutch's faction has been ordered to "stay out" of the gangland war because of fears that a Clondalkin-based gang boss could be dragged into the feud.
It has also emerged that a hitman who is suspected of being involved in the murder of Eddie Hutch has gone to ground after innocent family members of his were threatened.
Tensions surrounding the deadly feud between the two warring factions in the capital have reached boiling point after it emerged that one of them has military grade explosives ready to use.
The news concerning the grenades comes as garda operations were put in place ahead of the funeral of murder victim Eddie Hutch Snr (59), who was gunned down last week at his home in Poplar Row, Ballybough.
Armed gardai have been patrolling the streets of the north inner city in marked jeeps over the past few weeks.
Gardai have maintained a large presence since the murder of David Byrne (35), who was gunned down by a six-man hit team at the Regency Hotel.
Daniel Kinahan, the son of crime boss Christy Kinahan, and Byrne's cousin Freddie Thompson, attended the funeral in the south inner city on Monday.
However, the number of gardai on the streets of the northside is set to increase significantly ahead of the funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr tomorrow morning.
Mr Hutch's remains were taken to his sister's home on Portland Row shortly after 5pm yesterday.
Bomb sweeps will be carried out at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street and at Glasnevin Cemet-ery, where the gangland gun victim is expected to be buried.
Despite previous reports that Mr Hutch's brother, Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, had fled the country, he is expected to attend tomorrow's funeral to pay his final respects.