Wednesday 16 January 2019

Close associate of the Monk arrested - meaning two separate fathers and sons being questioned over Regency shooting

Cathal McMahon

A close associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has been arrested in connection with the Regency Hotel shooting.

The suspect is the father of a man already in custody for the gangland murder of key Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (33) at a boxing weigh-in last February 5.

This means that gardai are now questioning two separate fathers and their respective sons about the shooting.

The latest arrest was made following the search of a property in Dublin's north Inner city. has learned that gardai were searching  for fake garda clothing used in the Regency attack.

The man, who is in his 50s, was arrested under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 and can be held for seven days.

He is currently being interviewed by detectives in Raheny garda station.

David Byrne was murdered over three months ago
David Byrne was murdered over three months ago

Last Friday his son was arrested after being stopped by members of the garda Emergency Response  Unit  (ERU) on the Malahide Road in Dublin.

Gardai are continuing to question this man in Ballymun garda station.

The 24-year-old is suspected of being the cross-dressing gunman who was pictured fleeing the scene of the Regency Hotel shooting in February carrying a handgun.

Gardai are also continuing to question a separate father and son, aged 38 annd 59, about the Regency attack.

The son was arrested by gardaí in Dublin Airport as he attempted to leave the country.

The 38-year-old man was issued a warning by gardaí that his life was under serious threat last weekend. The man was issued with a Garda Information Message - known as a GIM form.

It is understood gardaí consider the threat as "very serious and credible".

It is understood the threat is coming from members of the Kinahan cartel who are embroiled in a deadly feud with associates of the murdered Gary Hutch. The gangland feud has claimed the lives of six people so far.

Earlier this year, armed gardaí staged a high-profile raid on the 38-year-old man's north Dublin home.

The property was searched for firearms and explosives by the Special Detective Unit over 24 hours last month under a garda warrant.

His 59-year-old father was also arrested last night as part of the investigation into the February 5 murder of criminal Byrne (33) at the north Dublin hotel.

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