Hutch's home among 11 hit by gardaí in dawn raids
The north Dublin home of crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has been swept by detectives investigating the murder of Kinahan cartel drug dealer David Byrne.
The Crumlin crime lord was gunned down by members of a six-man kill squad at the Regency Hotel earlier this month.
The 34-year-old father of two was shot in the head at point-blank range during the audacious raid that also saw Sean McGovern (30) receiving bullet wounds to the stomach. Aaron Bugler (25), who was also shot, is still recovering in hospital.
Gardaí investigating the shooting yesterday combed the Clontarf home of Gerry Hutch (53). Up to 10 officers were involved in the 7am search - one of 11 to take place across the capital.
Hutch was not at the property during the raid. However, a relative is believed to have assisted gardaí with their search.
Sources have revealed that a number of laptops, mobile phones, bank statements, travel documents and other paperwork were seized. Similar items were also taken into evidence during planned searches at residences associated with key Hutch gang members across the city.
Some 100 officers took part in the dawn raids that were spearheaded by gardaí from Ballymun. Properties were stormed across the city.
An apartment linked to a key Hutch associate was also raided. The bolthole is believed to belong to the hitman dressed in drag who was photographed by members of the media fleeing from the Regency Hotel with a gun in his hand.
Gardaí leading the murder hunt identified the individual, who is linked to a number of gangland killings, just hours after the attack.
No arrests were made following the searches. However, gardaí are "very satisfied" that the evidence gathered will go a long way towards securing convictions.
On Friday, Gerry Hutch defied threats on his life while he attended the funeral of his brother, Eddie Hutch Snr.
The 58-year-old taxi driver was shot in the head five times on February 8 in the hallway of his modest home on Poplar Row.
Eddie Snr is believed to have had no involvement in organised crime and his murder, which came just three days after the Regency attack, is thought to have been in response to the killing of Byrne.
Sources have revealed that Hutch left Ireland over the weekend to meet with Irish drugs godfather George 'The Penguin' Mitchell in Holland. Mitchell is believed to be responsible for importing vast amounts of narcotics to the UK and Ireland from his base on the continent and is also linked with Christy Kinahan.
Meanwhile, over 540,200 viewers tuned into TV3 on Monday night to watch a special documentary by Paul Williams charting the history behind the feud.
TV3 bosses described the documentary, titled 'Paul Williams: Gangsters at War', as a "ratings success".
In the hour-long show, Williams, who is Special Correspondent with this newspaper, revealed the latest developments in the feud between the Kinahan and Hutch gangs.