Saturday 24 March 2018

Gunman in drag arrested in connection with the Regency Hotel shooting

Cathal McMahon and Independent Newsdesk

A senior member of the Hutch gang has been arrested tonight in connection with the Regency Hotel shooting.

The suspect, who is in his 20s, is suspected of being centrally involved in the gangland murder of David Byrne.

David Byrne
David Byrne

He is a relative of murdered Gary Hutch and Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Gardaí have arrested him under Section 50 of the criminal justice act and can question the suspect for up to seven days.

Sources suggest that the suspect who was arrested tonight was pictured fleeing the hotel dressed as a woman.

This is the first major arrest in connection with the shocking gangland murder last February.

Another man was also arrested this evening on suspicion of dangerous driving.

During the Regency Hotel incident a number of men, dressed in Garda uniforms and carrying AK47s, stormed the Drumcondra hotel during a boxing weigh-in and murdered key Kinahan lieutenant Byrne.

The man arrested tonight is suspected of playing a central role in the bloodbath.

Gardaí believe close associates of slain gangster Gary Hutch, who was murdered in Spain last September, were behind the brutal Regency Hotel shootings in which Byrne was murdered.

Taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr, a brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, was shot dead in retaliation for the Regency Hotel attack just three days later.

During the Regency attack, hitmen, dressed as gardai and armed with AK47s, stormed the hotel during a boxing weigh-in and killed key Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (34)

On March 23, Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan, a friend of Gerry Hutch was fatally shot while sitting in a car in the Old Mill housing estate in Ratoath, Co Meath.

A month later, on April 14, innocent father-of-three Martin O'Rourke was shot dead on Sheriff Street Lower. It is understood the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

The feud claimed another victim when republican Michael Barr (34) was shot dead at the Sunset House pub on Summerhill Parade. He was shot three times, at least once in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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