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Eddie Hutch Snr funeral to be monitored by Gardai snipers as church swept for bombs

Garda snipers will be positioned on buildings in Dublin's north inner city on Friday for the funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr.

Sources said last night that the garda operation will be "very similar" to the massive operation for David Byrne's service on Monday.

Senior officers were last night finalising plans for the second feud-related funeral as investigations into both the Regency Hotel and North Strand killings continue.

A large crowd is expected at Friday's funeral and Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is expected to pay his respects to his murdered brother.

As there are some higher buildings in the north inner city, specially trained members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) will monitor events to ensure that members of the rival Christy Kinahan cartel will not be able to target the event from elevated positions.

The policing plan will involve around 100 armed and unarmed gardai and will also include bomb sweeps of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street and Glasnevin Cemetery, where the gangland gun victim is expected to be buried.

"If anything, Friday's funeral will be much easier to police for a number of reasons including the fact that the cortege won't be travelling far from the Hutch home to the church," a senior source explained.

"But it has its own particular problems, as well, including the height of some buildings in the vicinity of the church."

Senior gardai held a series of meetings at Mountjoy Garda Station yesterday which will act as a control centre for Friday's event

Eddie Hutch's funeral is not expected to be anything like as brash as David Byrne's was on the opposite side of the capital on Monday afternoon.

The ceremony at Nicolas of Myra Church, on Francis Street, was attended by many senior Christy Kinahan cartel members.

It emerged last night that most of these gangsters, including 'Fat' Freddie Thompson and Christy's sons Daniel and Christopher Kinahan, stayed on in the city and tensions remain high.

A number of them are understood to be staying in a high-end hotel in the Dublin 2 area. Sources said that gardai are "very satisfied" with how Monday's event was handled and there were no major incidents.

This included an event after Byrne's burial in the Belgard Inn in Tallaght, which led to heavily armed officers setting up a number of checkpoints in the vicinity of the pub.

Friday's funeral will happen in the same church where the funeral mass of Gary Hutch, Eddie's nephew, was held on October 6 last.

At the ceremony, Gary's family pleaded for an end to gangland killings and his aunt Bernadette called on Hutch associates not to seek revenge against those who ordered his execution in Spain, but this fell on deaf ears.

Source Irish Independent



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