Ring of steel as tensions high ahead of slain gangster Gary Hutch's funeral
A ring of steel is expected around Dublin's north-inner city tomorrow morning as gangland criminal Gary Hutch is laid to rest.
Hutch (34) was gunned down on Spain's Costa del Sol almost two weeks ago. His body was repatriated to Ireland on Friday.
Sources have revealed that armed gardai will be deployed on the streets of the north-inner city during the funeral, in an attempt to quell any tensions in the area.
"The situation is on a knife-edge, with associates of Hutch furious that he may have been executed on the orders of his one-time boss Christy Kinahan," the source said.
Hutch will be reposed at his family home later on this afternoon with prayers this evening. His funeral takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, at 11am tomorrow.
Armed officers will be deployed in the area and gardai will also keep the funeral congregation under surveillance.
Several of Dublin's most notorious gangland figures are expected to pay their respects. However, this may not include notorious criminal 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.
Gary Hutch’s body is removed in a body bag from the scene in Marbella
The pair were regarded as extremely close, but because Thompson is considered the next potential target of the Kinahan mob, he may be forced to avoid his pal's funeral.
Gary's uncle Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who spends his time between Dublin and Spain, is also expected to attend.
There are also concerns that the deceased's brother, Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence, may attempt to look for temporary release on compassionate grounds to attend.
Derek (30), who is not due to be released until 2026, was handed a 10-year prison term for fatally stabbing one man and seriously injuring another.
He was given a further five-year sentence in 2012 for co-ordinating a botched cash-in-transit robbery in which one of his associates was shot dead by armed detectives.
However, sources have said that the possibility of Derek Hutch being granted temporary release were "very slim".
"There is a genuine fear that if [Derek] Hutch is let out of prison to attend his brother's funeral he simply won't return, and he presents an obvious flight risk," the source said.
Gardai will patrol the city's streets throughout the funeral, while plain clothed detectives are expected to keep a discreet eye on the ceremony itself.
"Tensions are currently at a high which hasn't been seen in the area for the last number years, so gardai are taking extra preventative measures," a source added.