Saturday 3 December 2016

Garda Commissioner to oversee funeral security

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan will oversee the security arrangements for the funerals of two men murdered in Dublin as part of an escalating gang feud, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

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Gardaí remain on high alert in the wake of the killings, which have brought into focus the activities of two of Ireland's most dangerous gangs.

A major security plan is being put in place for the funerals next week.

Mr Kenny said: "There will be a very heavy garda presence there at that.

"Obviously, this is tough on the family involved here where a man was murdered and a second one murdered.

"The gardaí know what they have to do and, for our part from the Government, we've given the commissioner a very clear indication of absolute support and the facilities and resources to do her job."

Asked if he feared more bloodshed on the streets, Mr Kenny replied: "Clearly, these people have no regard for any law and order or the threat of what might happen to perfectly innocent people.

"All we can do is to say to the Garda Commissioner through the Minister for Justice, 'You will have the resources and facilities to do whatever you need to do to see that citizens are protected and that this gangland internal warfare can be brought before the courts and those responsible brought to justice'."

The son of Eddie Hutch Snr is unlikely to be granted compassionate leave for his father's funeral later next week.

Alan Hutch (33), of Sherrard Street Lower, Dublin, is currently being held in the Training Unit of Mountjoy Prison and is due for release later this year.

Sources revealed that Alan Hutch won't be released for security reasons.

Irish Independent

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