Sunday 15 December 2019

'The Monk' warned of threats to life as mourners pay respects to his brother

Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has been told that his life is in danger as he prepares to bury his murdered brother.

One notable absence at yesterday's wake for Eddie Hutch Snr was the brother of the deceased, Gerry, who was formally notified that his life was in danger on Wednesday night.

Scores of mourners turned out at the home of Margaret Hutch to pay their respects to her brother, who was callously murdered last week.

Sympathisers brought floral tributes as they entered the north Dublin home where the body of Mr Hutch was being waked.

The 59-year-old was gunned down at his Ballybough home in Poplar Row by a four-man hit team in what is believed to be a revenge attack for the murder of David Byrne (35), who had been killed at the Regency Hotel three days previously.

In the aftermath, local officers from Clontarf garda station are believed to have served official documents to Gerry Hutch, in which he was advised that detectives had received credible information that his life was in danger as a result of recent gang killings.

Yesterday's wake lasted from 3pm until 6pm, with friends and family including the murder victim's sons, Ross and Eddie Hutch Jnr, attending.

Members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), armed with automatic weapons, kept a visible presence outside the house, while uniformed gardaí also manned a checkpoint near the home.

Streets in and around the area were also being patrolled by members of the Garda Public Order Unit, while officers from the Armed Support Unit kept a floating presence.

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The murder of Eddie Hutch Snr, who sources described as an innocent man, is part of an ongoing feud between associates of his family and the Kinahan cartel.

The funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Seán McDermott Street this morning.

His body will then be brought to Glasnevin Cemetery.

A major garda operation will take place as the streets around the funeral will be in lockdown, with more than 100 armed and uniformed gardaí keeping an eye on proceedings.

Specially trained members of the SDU, armed with sniper rifles, will also keep a detailed surveillance of the area.


The operation will be conducted by senior officers from Mountjoy garda station, with bomb sweeps also taking place as a precaution.

This morning's service will take place at the same church where Gary Hutch's funeral was held in October.

Gary, the nephew of Gerry and Eddie Snr, was shot dead at the Miraflores apartment complex near Marbella, Spain, on the orders of the mob that is now led by Daniel Kinahan.

At the funeral, senior members of the Hutch family called for an end to the violence and for "no retaliation" for Gary Hutch's murder.

However, a number of tit-for-tat shootings have taken place in the past number of months.

Irish Independent

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