Saturday 24 March 2018

Extra officers for funeral of latest victim of gangland feud

Gardaí at the Drumalee Estate on the North Circular Road, Dublin, yesterday (Picture: Collins Dublin)
Gardaí at the Drumalee Estate on the North Circular Road, Dublin, yesterday (Picture: Collins Dublin)
A picture of Gareth Hutch outside the home of his parents (Picture: Collins Dublin)

Robin Schiller

The funeral of the country's latest gangland victim will take place this morning with a high-level Garda operation being put in place.

Gareth Hutch (35), the nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, died following a shooting at the Avondale House flat complex on North Cumberland Street.

The victim had previously expressed concerns over the safety of his apartment after gardaí informed him that his life was under threat.

Last night, extra uniformed gardaí were being drafted in to provide security for the funeral service, which takes place at 10.30am at the Holy Family Church on Aughrim Street, Dublin 7.

Members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) are providing additional Garda patrols for the service.

Yesterday evening, family and friends of Mr Hutch gathered at his family home in Drumalee to pay their respects for the father of one. Among those who attended the wake was Anthony Fitzgerald, a cousin of the deceased who has now retired from boxing but previously trained at the Kinahan-linked gym in Marbella, Spain.

Mr Fitzgerald has no involvement in crime and has no connection with the ongoing feud between the Kinahan and Hutch families.

A floral tribute, along with a picture of Gareth Hutch, was placed outside the family home during the wake, which took place between 4pm and 8pm.

A Garda checkpoint was also placed at the entrance of the Drumalee estate, with officers stopping every car that passed into the area.

Undercover detective units also undertook covert patrols around the surrounding area.

Gareth Hutch was the seventh victim of the gangland feud.

Irish Independent

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