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Eddie Hutch Snr shot dead in Dublin in apparent retaliation for Regency Hotel boxing weigh-in murder

  • Eddie Hutch gunned down in 'revenge attack'
  • Continuity IRA deny involvement in hotel attack, claiming first statement was bogus
  • Irish Justice Minister says murder is 'deplorable example of the ruthlessness of gangland criminals'

Eddie Hutch Snr, brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, has been shot dead in Ballybough in Dublin's north inner city.

The shooting in Poplar Row happened at around 7.45pm on Monday.  It is understood the 56-year-old victim was inside his house with his partner at the time.

Gardai believe four men were involved, and are thought to have fled the scene in a Volkswagen Golf.

The latest attack comes in the wake of the fatal shooting of criminal David Byrne.

A Gardai statement said: "Gardaí at Fitzgibbon St in Dublin are investigating a shooting incident which occurred at Poplar Row, North Strand, Dublin 3 at approximately 7.45pm this evening."

It is believed the shooting is a reprisal for murder of Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel on Friday. Two others were injured in the incident.

Byrne was an associate of crime boss Christy Kinahan, who is from Dublin's south inner city.

Kinahan's son Daniel was believed to be the target in the hotel attack - but managed to escape unharmed.

Security sources say they have no doubt that Daniel Kinahan was the target as well as several of his associates in revenge for the murder of criminal Gary Hutch in Marbella last September.

Former Lord Mayor Cllr Christy Burke said the community is in a state of shock.

"I called for calm and no retaliations. This is going to add more misery to a community already struggling with crime. We are in shock."

Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the murder is "another deplorable example of the ruthlessness of gangland criminals".

"It seems that some gangs are intent on waging a feud where human life counts for nothing," she said.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area or may have information, to contact them at Fitzgibbon Garda Station on 01 666 8400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

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Second statement denies Continuity IRA involvement

Friday's murder was claimed by a group purporting to be dissident republican group the Continuity IRA, but that drew scepticism from detectives immersed in gangland investigations.

The first claim of responsibility - attributed to dissident republicans and made with a code word to the BBC in Belfast - drew scepticism from seasoned commentators in Dublin while the top brass in the Garda said they were keeping an open mind and pointed to a "criminal" element.

The Garda press office said: "Gardai are aware of the recent statement to the media and are keeping an open mind in relation to the criminal groups involved as part of their investigations."

In a second statement, issued to the Irish Daily Mirror hours later and again purportedly from the Continuity IRA, dissident republicans dismissed the first claim as bogus.

"The Continuity IRA wish to make it clear that we did not have any involvement in Friday's shooting at the Regency Hotel," it said.

"We have absolutely no involvement in criminal feuds. We see the false claim that the CIRA were involved in this act as another attempt to tarnish the name of the organisation."

Des Dalton, president of Republican Sinn Fein, said he had spoken to republican sources who had confirmed the second statement and rejected the claim of responsibility.

"I have been told that it was a bogus statement and an attempt to smear the Continuity IRA," he said.

Hotel attack part of escalating feud

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and senior investigators will hold talks with the Republic's Justice Minister over the escalating feud on Tuesday.

The Regency Hotel attack was carried out by a six strong gang - three of whom were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and dressed in Swat team uniforms and helmets.

Another armed with a handgun was dressed as a woman and had an auburn wig and a fifth wore a flat cap and tracksuit.

About 300 people were in the hotel in the build-up to a title fight billed Clash Of The Clans when the Byrne murder was carried out.

The bout was promoted by Frank Warren and MGM Promotions based in Marbella.

In the immediate aftermath Byrne's murder was linked to a feud between major organised crime outfits in Dublin and the south of Spain with speculation that it was retaliation for the murder of 34-year-old Gary Hutch at the Angel de Miraflores apartment complex on the Costa del Sol in September last year.

There were also reports that Daniel Kinahan, who manages some boxers in the MGM camp, was in the Regency at the time of the attack.

He is the son of Christy Kinahan who was arrested in a mansion in Spain in 2010 as part of an investigation into an international drugs and money laundering racket. Kinahan senior has not been charged.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams urged community support to catch those responsible for the killings.

"Those behind this latest shooting, and those behind the dreadful attack last Friday at the Regency Hotel, must be apprehended and taken off our streets," he said.

Eddie Hutch background

Eddie Hutch Snr was the brother of Gerry Hutch, nicknamed 'The Monk', and an uncle of murdered Gary Hutch, believed to be the first victim in the bloody feud when he was gunned down almost five months ago in Spain.

Eddie Hutch Snr was not considered to be a violent criminal and tended to stay in the background. He had a number of convictions for small-time fraud and shop lifting.

However he was suspected of helping to launder some of the proceeds from the heists masterminded by his brother Gerry.

Eddie Hutch Snr who also worked as a taxi driver was one of a large group of the Monk's associates targeted in Operation Alpha the first major investigation launched by the Republic's Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) shortly after it was first established in 1996.

As part of the enquiry, which was to last over ten years, the CAB seized a bank account in Eddie Hutch's name which contained over €156,000.

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