Armed gardaí patrol streets to prevent Christmas bloodshed
Elite unit will be out on patrol after killing of Hutch associate
Members of the country's most elite Garda unit will be patrolling the streets of Dublin this Christmas over fears of further bloodshed in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.
So far the deadly feud has claimed 11 lives over the space of 14 months, with eight of these murders happening on the streets of Dublin.
Noel Kirwan (62) was shot dead in front of his partner at St Ronan's Close, Clondalkin, on Thursday night.
The fresh escalation in violence means members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) will carry out patrols on the city's streets on Christmas Day and throughout the festive season.
Concerns have been raised that both sides of the faction will be planning further attacks in the coming days. This has forced Garda management to call in the heavily armed unit in the hope of preventing another gangland shooting.
The ERU is normally on duty for dangerous live armed incidents and potential terrorist threats. However, due to the high possibility of another feud-related murder, the elite gardaí will be out on Christmas Day.