Tuesday 23 July 2019

'Intergenerational' Hutch-Kinahan feud that has claimed up to 18 lives 'unlikely to go away', gardai fear

Pat Leahy. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pat Leahy. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

DUBLIN’S most senior garda has said the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud is “inter-generational” and fears it will go on for years.

The deadly gangland dispute has been raging for more than three years and has claimed up to 18 lives.

Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy, in charge of the Dublin region, also described fire-bombings on the Hutch family as “intimidation”.

He said that checkpoints, including armed patrols and protection posts outside homes of gangland targets, are not going away.

“This has not gone away, it is unlikely to go away,” Mr Leahy told Independent.ie.

“This is inter-generational. These people are neighbours,and they were always neighbours. They know each other intimately.

“They’ve grown up with each other, they’ve gone to school with each other, some have now been convicted of the most outrageous crimes and have been sentenced to life imprisonment.”

He was speaking at the Joint Policing Committee of Dublin City Council yesterday, where it emerged that almost 90,000 armed checkpoints and patrols have been carried out under Operation Hybrid since 2016.

“We’re going to be managing this for a long time, that’s the reality of it. It’s about trying to provide some bit of security around the city.

“Operation Hybrid can’t go away, that’s going to be there with us long-term.

“The static posts that they have inside the north inner city, they’re not going to go away.

“That’s going to be a factor of policing and that’s the reality of it.”

Commenting on the fire-bombings of Hutch family members’ homes, Mr Leahy said: “It’s intimidation, it’s a message to say, ‘we’re still here, we’re not giving up, we know who you are and we know where you are’.

“Personally I’d say we will knock it on the head, we will get to the bottom of it.”

Herald

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