Thursday 27 October 2016

Garda net is closing in on the gunmen responsible for bloody feud murders

Barry Duggan and Tom Brady

Published 12/02/2016 | 07:16

Regency Hotel gunmen
Regency Hotel gunmen

GARDAI are closing in on the murderous gangs involved in the bloody feud that has claimed two lives in the last week.

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The net is tightening on the gunmen responsible for the shocking gun attacks at the Regency Hotel in Dublin last Friday and in the North Strand on Monday.

The hotel gun attack, by assailants disguised as gardai, resulted in the death of David Byrne at a boxing weigh-in.

In a retaliatory strike by the Kinahan cartel, Eddie Hutch Snr was shot dead at his home three days later.

Last night, officers were satisfied they would be able to bring the culprits to justice.

Gardai know the identities of all of the key players in the deadly feud.

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Many of them have gone to ground since the two murders and some have returned to Spain.

Gardai said the introduction of armed checkpoints and saturation policing since last weekend has already disrupted the activities of members of the two gangs and prevented them from carrying out further acts of violence.

As heavily-armed officers were patrolling the city's streets for a seventh successive night, detectives involved in both gun attacks were continuing to sift through CCTV and images from both the Drumcondra hotel and north inner city.

Two of the gunmen from the David Byrne murder did not completely disguise their faces. Mr Byrne was believed to have been shot dead in retaliation for the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain last September.

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The violence has dominated the General Election campaign since last weekend.

Serious concerns have been raised about garda intelligence, as officers were not at the scene of the hotel weigh-in before the shooting - despite it being well known that some of Dublin's most feared criminals would be present.

Meanwhile, a garda ring of steel will be implemented for the funeral of David Byrne on Monday as senior officers prepared a blueprint to prevent another outbreak of violence.


Gardai are not taking any chances of further bloodshed and are making preparations for a major operation.

Officers said they planned to have a highly-visible presence outside the south inner city church where Mr Byrne's funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday.

Undercover officers will also be deployed to keep watch on surrounding streets.

Officers will remain on high alert in the aftermath of the funeral and closely patrol haunts of gang members.

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