Belfast Telegraph

One of the killers in Dublin gang hit 'Tyrone dissident'

By Adam Cullen

A dissident republican from Northern Ireland was one of the gunmen involved in the murder of a man at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin, it has been reported.

The Sunday Times reported that two people involved in the high-profile shooting of David Byrne (34) had been identified by gardai. One is said to be a Co Tyrone Continuity IRA member, and the other a well-known Dublin criminal.

Both had been photographed by journalists while leaving the hotel.

Garda will step up armed patrols in Dublin's north inner city today to deter any attempts to escalate the feud between two of the Republic's most lethal gangs at Byrne's funeral service.

Senior sources have revealed that troops are on standby to assist them in bomb sweeps around the city. And members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit will throw a cordon around the potential flashpoint areas as mourners gather to pay their final respects to Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel on the northside of the city on February 5.

Byrne, who is to be buried today in a £12,000 coffin, played an active part in the gang led by underworld boss, Christy Kinahan. A number of associates are expect to turn up at the service.

Garda have been monitoring air and sea ports over the weekend to establish how many of those associates are arriving here from Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.

Senior officers say they do not expect any trouble while the service is being held at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street.

A security plan will cover the hours immediately before and after the service, and well-known haunts of gang associates in the capital are also under watch.

Armed checkpoints and patrols have been in place across the city since the Regency attack and the tit-for-tat murder of Eddie Hutch snr in the north inner city last Monday.

But the armed Garda presence around Francis Street and in Crumlin, where Byrne and several of his associates either live or have connections, has been increased.

Signs were hung on the gates of the small Liberties chapel yesterday instructing the public and media that their presence would not be welcomed at the service.

Ruth Dudley Edwards, page 21

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