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Sunday 23 September 2018

Arrest of suspect in Gorey ‘hit’ case

One of the men arrested on suspicion of being behind an attempted ‘hit’ on a member the Hutch family in Gorey two months ago was arrested on Saturday in relation to an assassination attempt in Dublin.

The man, who was released without charge, was allegedly involved in two other assassination attempts including the Gorey incident.

On Saturday, the man and an accomplice were arrested by armed gardai in the Dublin 3 area over fears that they were on their way to carry out a hit linked to the ongoing feud.

A revolver was found on the 30-year-old man as he cycled along East Wall Road, while the 27-year-old was arrested in a car on nearby Clonmore Road.

A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the younger criminal, who has now been arrested three times in relation to botched gangland hits.

Both men were previously arrested and jailed almost a decade ago over a foiled shooting, while the 27-year-old was also arrested previously over a failed attempt on a Hutch family member in Gorey.

Gardai are still attempting to determine who the target of Saturday’s planned hit was. A spokesperson said officers swooped on the pair over fears of an imminent threat to life.

‘The exact target has not yet been established, but a number of Hutch family members and associates live in the immediate area and could have been potentially victims,’ a source said. Both men who were arrested are believed to have close ties to the notorious Kinahan cartel.

In March, gardaí foiled an attempt on the life of Jonathan Hutch, a nephew of ‘The Monk’, in Millands, Gorey, when officers swooped moments before it was due to be carried out. Gardaí believe they foiled an attempted assassination on the man who is a member of the Hutch family after a long-running Dublin feud between the Hutch and Kinahan families.

Detectives from Enniscorthy, assisted by Armed Support Units from the South Eastern Region and Special Crime Operations, arrested two Dublin men after intercepting them and firearms, ammunition and three cars were seized during the intelligence-led operation.

A 27 year-old man from Dublin’s North Inner City was arrested at the scene, while a second man, aged 25, was pursued across the fields before being found hiding in another car nearby.

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