'The Monk' makes fleeting visit to Dublin under protection of Provos
Gerry "The Monk" Hutch returned to Dublin over the festive season under the protection of republican gangsters.
The under-threat veteran criminal was spotted in the city with a large cavalcade of protection on St Stephen's Day, reports the Sunday World.
Hutch whose life is in danger from the Kinahan cartel was reportedly brought to a housing estate in South Dublin.
He entered the property and returned a short time later.
The newspaper reports that the house in question has been the location of a number of incidents related to the feud over recent months.
'The Monk' Hutch has spent the majority of the Christmas period hiding out in a safe house in Northern Ireland.
His close friend Noel "Duck Egg" Kirwan became the latest victim of the feud when he was shot on December 22 in the driveway of his Clondalkin home.
Hutch (53) is believed to have spent the Christmas season in safe houses in Northern Ireland.
Close associates have travelled to the secret hideaway to meet him over the past week.
It is understood he is being put up by associates of dissident republicans in the North.
The belief is that Hutch may form an alliance with republican criminals in a bid to protect their multi-million euro tobacco trade.
It is not known if he will attend the funeral of his pal Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan (62), which is expected to take place tomorrow at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Sean McDermott St.
The Monk's Christmas 'break' in Northern Ireland and his quick visit to Dublin is the first time he has surfaced since being spotted in Istanbul in October.
The last time publicity-shy Hutch was photographed was when he showed up in disguise at his murdered older brother Eddie's funeral last February.