A nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch got an armed garda escort from prison after his release today amid fears of an escalation in the feud between his family and the Kinahan cartel which has already claimed the life of his father and two of his cousins.
Alan Hutch was jailed in 2013 after he threatened to kill three gardaí during a botched robbery, and claiming he had a grenade.
Today he was freed from Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin in a high security operation,
Members of the Garda Armed Response Unit pulled up opposite the main gates of the prison shortly before 9am, accompanied by an unmarked garda car.
Then shortly after 9am a silver car driven by a woman and with two female passengers arrived at the gates and drove to the top of a long avenue to the main building after being allowed through the security gates.
The car was followed by an unmarked garda car, and when the silver car reached the top of the avenue it was directed through a large gate which then closed behind it. The garda vehicle waited outside.
At 9.15 the silver car came back down the avenue with Alan Hutch hunched down in the back seat holding what looked like a patterned rug or blanket over his head.
The car turned right and was followed by the Armed Response Unit vehicle and the unmarked garda car.
The level of security surrounding the release of Hutch is indicative of the fears that he could be targeted by the Kinahan gang.
The bloody feud between the two factions has already claimed the lives of 12 people, including Alan’s father Eddie Hutch snr (58), who was gunned down outside his house in the north inner city in February of last year, and his cousins Gareth Hutch and Gary Hutch.
Gareth Hutch (35) was shot dead in the north inner city in May last year, while Gary (34) was shot dead in Miraflores near Marbella on the Costa del Sol on September 24 2015.