Friday 23 August 2019

Gangland kingpin's brother was 'provider and protector', priest tells mourners

Poignant: The coffin of John Hutch is brought to the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, in Dublin.
Poignant: The coffin of John Hutch is brought to the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, in Dublin.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The funeral of John Hutch, brother of senior gangland figure Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was held yesterday under close Garda surveillance.

Mr Hutch (66), who lost another brother, Eddie, and son Gareth in 2016 shootings linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud, died after a fall at his Dublin home last week.

There was no sign at the funeral of 'The Monk', who gardaí continue to seek for questioning over the Regency Hotel murder of Kinahan kingpin David Byrne, which escalated the bitter feud.

The late Mr Hutch, who had no involvement in crime, also lost his nephews Gary and Derek to the feud, which made him a prisoner in own home as his life came under threat.

The former taxi driver, who had to give up work because of the threats, fell down the stairs at his home in the Drumalee estate off the North Circular Road on Tuesday last week and died on Thursday.

In a poignant moment, female members of Mr Hutch's family walked hand in hand in front of the coffin as it was brought from his home to the Church of the Holy Family on Aughrim Street.

In his homily, Fr Paddy Madden said the sudden death of John Hutch is a devastating blow to his family in which he was "provider and protector".

"His capacity to provide was severely restricted by totally unwarranted and … unjustified threats to his life and an attempted assassination literally in his own backyard," he told the mourners.

"I'm struck particularly by Johnny's own resilience and steadfastness, particularly shown after the deaths of his son Gareth and brother Eddie within the space of a few months just a few years ago.

"Coping with these losses required superhuman effort as it does for all the family."

Armed gardaí patrolled the streets around the church, which was also searched before the funeral.

After the funeral Mass, the coffin was brought to Glasnevin cemetery, where he was buried with son Gareth.

Irish Independent

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