Sunday 26 January 2020

Security at flats where feud victim Hutch was killed to be improved

Gareth Hutch (inset) and the scene of the shooting
Gareth Hutch (inset) and the scene of the shooting

Alan O'Keeffe

Improved security measures are to be put in place at the Dublin flats complex where gangland feud victim Gareth Hutch was shot dead.

Dublin City Council will improve security at Avondale House on North Cumberland Street after deep concerns were expressed about the safety of residents.

Father-of-one Hutch was murdered in a gun attack in the north inner city complex on May 24 last. Two people have been charged in relation to his killing.

Members of the city council's Central Area Committee were told yesterday that new security doors will be installed at the flats complex.


"Following ongoing issues with the security doors, along with the concerns the residents had raised after the violent incident earlier in the year, we will be replacing the doors with a stronger and more durable door," said the council's area housing manager Chris Butler in a report.

"Manufacture of the doors has commenced and we hope to have them installed by late October or early November."

Local Independent councillor Nial Ring told the Herald later he was delighted the residents were getting stronger security doors.

Gareth Hutch
Gareth Hutch

"Residents of Avondale House are still in shock. The new doors, along with increased community garda activity, are very welcome.

"It's hoped the residents will be able to get some normality back into their lives.

"Gareth Hutch is still remembered very fondly in Avondale House and in the community," he said.

An inquest was told last week the 35-year-old victim died from "multiple gunshot wounds" after he was attacked outside his home.

The man's father, John Hutch Snr, identified his son's body at the Mater Hospital, the coroner's court heard before being adjourned.

Cllr Ring recalled the victim's remarks - as reported in the Herald - when Mr Hutch approached him for help just days before his murder because he was concerned about his safety.

"They can shoot me, but not in front of my son. I don't want that," Mr Hutch had told Mr Ring.

Mr Hutch had wanted to move to a more secure flat within the Avondale House complex.

"He came into my constituency office about getting a transfer from the flat to a different one," said Mr Ring.

"His point was that he was on the first floor where there was access to a balcony from the side which wasn't covered by CCTV.

"He felt this was putting him in more danger. But his main concern was about his seven-year-old son, who stayed with him four nights a week.

"He didn't want anything to happen to him while his son was there," he said.


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