Tuesday 6 December 2016

Funerals that show the gangs must be reined in

Published 20/02/2016 | 02:30

Garda sniffer dogs patrol the area around Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin before the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior.
Garda sniffer dogs patrol the area around Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin before the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior.

It’s unlikely that Eddie Hutch, a taxi driver, ever imagined his exit from this world would be watched by a cordon of heavily armed gardaí. In the grudge-driven reasoning of gangland that has a chokehold on parts of our capital, the fact that Mr Hutch was an innocent working man meant nothing. He was, darkly, deemed expendable in a blood feud in which it was recognised he had played no part. 

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Yesterday, his funeral Mass in Dublin heard an appeal for there to be no retaliation for his callous murder.

There was none of the strut and swagger that attended the burial of David Byrne earlier in the week. Mr Hutch’s brother Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was among the congregation.

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