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Two men arrested over hotel murder which sparked Dublin gang feud

By Helen Pye

Published 18/05/2016

Two men have been arrested in the Irish Republic by police investigating the gangland murder of David Byrne.

Mr Byrne was gunned down on February 5 when five disguised hitmen - including one reputed to be from Northern Ireland - carrying AK47s stormed a Dublin hotel during a boxing weigh-in. Mr Byrne was a member of the Kinahan criminal gang.

Three days later, the Kinahan gang retaliated by murdering rival Gerry Hutch's older brother Eddie Hutch, an innocent victim.

The two men arrested yesterday are in their 50s and 30s and were detained at Swords and Clontarf Garda Stations under Section 50 of The Criminal Justice Act 2007, a garda spokesman said. It brings to three the number of people who have been arrested as part of this murder investigation.

The suspected gunman who fled the Regency Hotel in drag after the bloody murder of Mr Byrne was arrested in Coolock, Dublin, at 9pm on Friday.

Co Tyrone dissident republican Michael Barr was gunned down on April 25 by the Kinahan drugs cartel after they learned he sourced the weapons used in the Regency attack.

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