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Father denies son shot dead in pub was involved in Regency hit

Michael Barr
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The father of a man who was shot dead as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud has denied reports that his son was one of the gunmen dressed in fake-Garda uniform during the Regency Hotel shooting.

Michael Barr (36) was shot dead at the Sunset House pub in Dublin’s north-inner city on April 25 of last year in a shooting linked to the ongoing feud in the capital.

Reports this week claimed that Barr was one of the three men dressed in fake-Garda SWAT uniform who stormed the Regency Hotel on February 5 last year and opened fire during a boxing weigh-in.

Kinahan cartel member David Byrne (33) was shot dead while two other men were injuring during the dramatic shooting.

However, his father Collie Barr has denied these reports and stated that a garda family liaison officers assigned to family “refuted” the allegations.

“I asked him (the liaison officer) straight out did the Gardai release the information that Michael had been one of two men in the Regency Hotel.

“And they said to me ‘No Collie, we would tell you first if that was the case’. Then I said ‘Tell me again that it wasn’t the garda press office that released the story’ and he totally refuted it again,” Mr Barr told RTE’s Liveline programme.

“He was shocked himself he couldn’t believe it. I don’t blame the liaison officer for anything but he totally and utterly refuted that gardai released that information to journalists in Dublin. I couldn’t emphasise enough what them reports in the newspapers has done to my family.”

Collie Barr said that his mother’s life was “destroyed” again following the reports this week and that his daughters were living in fear.

He also revealed how police officer in Northern Ireland had informed him that his life was under threat.

“The PSNI have come to me and said that I was going to be killed,” he said.

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