Wednesday 21 March 2018

Vortex of murder ... how gangland violence hit new depths of depravity

The murderous gangland feud is all the more vicious as it's not just business, it's personal, write Maeve Sheehan and Jim Cusack

Maeve Sheehan and Jim Cusack

The bullet-riddled body of David Byrne (32) was released to his family this weekend. His remains were taken to his family home in Raleigh Square in Crumlin, in Dublin's south inner city, where he will be waked.

Relatives, friends, local people and many of his criminal colleagues are among those expected to pay their respects. Every stage of his journey to Mount Jerome Cemetery tomorrow will be watched by detectives alert to the possibility of another outbreak of violence in the tinderbox atmosphere triggered by Byrne's murder by gunmen disguised as gardai at the Regency Court Hotel a week ago last Friday afternoon.

For more than a week, armed detectives have been patrolling the streets of Crumlin and the north inner city. There, the family of taxi driver Eddie Hutch (59), murdered in a hail of bullets last Monday night in retribution for Byrne's slaying, are preparing to receive his body.

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