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Dublin Regency Hotel attack: Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch 'didn't know of plan'

By Paul Williams and Ken Foy

Published 16/02/2016

Forensic officers outside the Regency Hotel where hooded gunmen in Garda-style uniform carried out a murderous raid
Forensic officers outside the Regency Hotel where hooded gunmen in Garda-style uniform carried out a murderous raid

Veteran crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch had no prior knowledge of the Regency Hotel gun attack when five heavily armed hitmen stormed the building and shot dead drug dealer David Byrne, it has emerged.

Security intelligence sources believe the former criminal was not involved in planning the terrorist-style assault, which was carried out in revenge for the murder of his nephew Gary Hutch in Spain.

And they revealed that Gerry Hutch is "furious" with those who carried out the audacious attack on members of the Kinahan crime cartel. He blames them for prompting the revenge murder of his older brother Eddie Senior (59) four days later, they said.

Meanwhile, two of the four-man gang who are suspected of being involved in the revenge murder of Mr Hutch have been formally notified by gardaí of an imminent threat against their lives.

It is understood gardaí were acting on information that the men had been identified and blamed for the murder of Eddie Hutch.

The two under-threat criminals are closely linked to the Kinahan cartel. One of them is suspected of attempting to murder exiled crimelord John Gilligan twice in the space of less than three months, while the other is a chief suspect in the shocking 2006 Baiba Saulite murder case.

Mr Hutch's funeral will be held on Friday in Dublin's north inner city.

In a statement at the weekend, the Hutch family claimed they were being "terrorised" by the Kinahan crime gang, who they accused of making repeated attempts to kill Gerry. They said €200,000 was paid to the Kinahans after Gary had fallen out with the family, but that Gary was then shot dead and more demands for money were made.

Intelligence sources said the murder of Eddie Hutch senior was a "game-changer" for the Monk and that "all bets are off".

"There is strong information to suggest that Hutch did not even know about the Regency Hotel incident in advance and that he was furious with the younger crew who carried it out," a source told the Irish Independent.

Gunmen disguised as Gardai walk calmly into a Dublin hotel, then kill a man at boxing event in a hail of bullets [File photo]
Gunmen disguised as Gardai walk calmly into a Dublin hotel, then kill a man at boxing event in a hail of bullets [File photo]

"Gardaí who have known him for most of his career agree that he would have nothing to do with such a reckless and risky stunt because he is old and wise enough to know the implications it would have.

"What happened at the Regency Hotel was a pantomime and a stupid escapade, as far at the Monk is concerned.

"He is blaming the younger lads for escalating the situation by causing Eddie Snr's murder and he is heartbroken about that," the source added.

Meanwhile the Irish Independent understands that most of the six-member hit team involved in the Regency attack - five gunmen and a getaway driver - have been identified from CCTV and other intelligence sources.

While one of the men has been confirmed as a middle-aged republican killer from Northern Ireland, the rest of the gang are all believed to be close associates of Gary Hutch.

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