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Thursday 19 April 2018

Father and son arrested over Regency attack as gardai swoop at airport

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

A father and son have been arrested as part of the Regency Hotel murder investigation – with the son picked up by gardai as he attempted to flee abroad.

The 38-year-old man, who is under a death threat from the Kinahan cartel, was arrested at Dublin Airport as he tried to board a flight.

The arrest comes just days after officers warned him his life was under threat from the mob, who are currently locked into a bitter and violent feud with the north inner city Hutch gang.

The well-known Dublin figure was issued with a Garda Information message – known as a GIM form – over the weekend by members of the force who are said to be taking the threat very seriously.


The under-threat individual – who has previously admitted to knowing people who are related to Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch – has always maintained that he has no links to any criminal activity.

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

It is understood that the man under threat from the Kinahan mob “appeared upset” when he attended a communion in the north inner city at the weekend, which was monitored by gardai.

Sources say gardai consider the threat to kill him from the Kinahan mob as “very serious and credible”. It is believed he had been given detailed security advice before he was arrested last night.

The father and son can be held for a maximum of seven days if a judge allows the period of detention to be extended at a district court hearing.

The death threat against the man follows a high-profile raid by armed gardai on his north Dublin home earlier this year.

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

There are currently three men in garda custody being questioned about the Regency Hotel attack – including a 24-year-old man who was dramatically arrested last Friday.

A vehicle the man was a passenger in was rammed off the road by officers from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) on the northside of Dublin.

Gardai suspect he is the hotel shooter who was dressed in drag and pictured fleeing the scene in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, armed with a handgun.

He was still being questioned at Ballymun Garda Station last night. Another suspected hitman was also arrested by gardai during last Friday’s incident. That man, aged in his late 20s, was the driver of the vehicle that was ‘hard-stopped’ by armed gardai on the Malahide Road. He was arrested over road traffic offences, but has since been released without charge.

The 38-year-old man arrested at Dublin Airport last night is being questioned at Clontarf Garda Station, while his 59-year-old father is being held at Swords Garda Station.

David Byrne (33) was shot dead after a five-man hit team stormed the Regency Hotel on February 5 during a boxing weigh-in.

Senior detectives immediately suspected the Hutch gang of being involved on the audacious execution of a senior Kinahan cartel member.


The killing was a revenge attack for the murder of Gary Hutch (34) – a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch – who was gunned down outside an apartment complex in Mira de Flores, Spain in September of last year.

The execution of a Hutch family member caused a divide in the Kinahan gang, with a number of high-profile hitmen aligning themselves with the Hutch faction.

Two of these individuals, both in their 20s, are suspects in the March 2015 murder of Paul Kavanagh on behalf of the cartel. However, in the aftermath of Gary Hutch’s murder they took part in a spectacular plot to target the cartel.

They are believed to be two of the fake-ERU wearing gunmen armed with AK-47s.

In retaliation for the murder of Byrne, Gerry Hutch’s brother Eddie was shot dead just three days later at his home in the north-inner city.

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