Monday 19 August 2019

Latest 'feud' victim was shot for attending Eddie Hutch funeral

Noel Kirwan, left, with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Noel Kirwan, left, with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

Jim Cusack

The latest victim in the Kinahan-Hutch 'feud' may have been murdered simply because he turned up at the funeral of Gerry Hutch's brother earlier this year, gardai say.

Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan (62) was a close associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch in the 1980s and 1990s - but had had little to do with the Hutch criminal organisation since then, sources in the north inner city said yesterday.

Kirwan, originally from the Rutland Street-Sean O'Casey Avenue area of north inner Dublin, had long been suspected of being the Hutch gang's 'go-between' with the Provisional IRA. Kirwan was prominent in the Concerned Parents Against Drugs (CPAD) front set up by the IRA and Sinn Fein to carry out vigilante attacks on drug dealers.

The CPAD did attract genuinely concerned and law-abiding protesters - but it was manipulated by the IRA so the protests were not aimed at those criminal groups (including Hutch's gang) who were prepared to pay protection to the Provos.

It is believed Hutch's deal with the Provos did not involve payment but that he helped supply the IRA with manpower to carry out robberies and hijackings, particularly from lorries moving goods from Dublin Port.

Kirwan came to garda attention several times in relation to hijackings but was never found to be directly involved in the robberies. He was pictured alongside Gerry Hutch at Hutch's brother Eddie's funeral in February after he became the first retaliation victim in the Kinahan gang's all-out assault on the Dublin northside Hutch gang.

Gardai suspect a Clondalkin based gang responsible for a number of murders in the Clondalkin-Ronanstown-Neilstown area in recent years carried out the murder of Noel Kirwan. A lone gunman approached him as he sat outside his home in St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin, at 5.10pm last Thursday. It is understood he was shot a number of times in the head and body and died at the scene.

The gang believed responsible is part of the distribution network controlled by the Kinahan mob which has now carried out 11 murders, nine of them Hutch associates, along with two innocent by-standers, since the Regency Hotel attack in February in which Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (34) was murdered.

Since the murder of his brother Eddie and nephew Gareth Hutch (36) in May, Gerry Hutch has been living abroad, gardai believe spending most of his time under protection of drug industry associates in Holland.

Garda sources yesterday said the one-sided 'feud' is set to continue and that Dublin gangs who are supplied by the Kinahan cartel are 'lining up' to murder any known associates of Gerry Hutch.

While gardai have successfully prevented several attempted murders and seized significant hauls of weapons, they say the Kinahan network is too big and diverse to keep under proper surveillance.

Sunday Independent

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