Belfast Telegraph

Six-man hit team identified by Garda

By Adam Cullen

Associates of the late Gary Hutch - shot dead in Spain last year - have been blamed for storming the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra.

It was here the five armed men, three with AK-47s, executed David Byrne.

In retaliation, his associates burst into the home of Eddie Hutch Snr - the taxi driver brother of rival gangster Gerry "the Monk" Hutch and killed him.

Authorities fear more bloodshed with the bitter war showing no signs of ending.

Yesterday floral wreaths spelling out 'Cuz', 'Mate', and 'Uncle' adorned three horse-drawn carriages at Byrne's funeral.

Flowers shrouded a picture of the car fanatic while a young man manoeuvred a remote-controlled BMW bearing the name of his motor business.

Other floral tributes took the form of bottles of Smirnoff Vodka and Miwadi Blackcurrant.

As the funeral mass ended, the coffin was carried out to the echoes of You'll Never Walk Alone.

Mourners then proceeded, again accompanied by a significant Garda presence, to Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross for the burial.

It's understood that most of the six-member hit team involved in the Regency Hotel attack - five gun men and a getaway driver - have been identified from photographs 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 former associates of Gary Hutch.

His uncle, veteran crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, is thought to have had no prior knowledge of the Regency attack.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph