Gardai at the scene of the recent shooting in Dublin of Gareth Hutch. Hutch, who was “known to gardai,” was related to members of the Hutch criminal gang. RollingNews.ie.
By Evan Short
Hot Town, summer in the city.
Yes, the weather is warming up in Dublin this week.
So is the city’s gangland feud which, in recent days, has turned deadly yet again.
Three people are being questioned in connection with the latest gangland murder.
Gareth Hutch (35) was shot dead outside his apartment in the north inner city last week.
He was the latest victim in a feud between two Dublin gangs.
Two of those being questioned are women. A 29-year-old man handed himself in to police and is being questioned by detectives.
A man is also being questioned as part of the investigation into the murder of Michael Barr – another victim of the feud – who was shot dead as he sat in the Sunset bar, also in the north inner city, on April 25.
Seven people have been killed in the feud which was sparked by the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain last September.
Mr. Hutch was a nephew of Gerard Hutch, who is also known as the Monk.
Then in February this year David Byrne was shot dead during an attack at the Regency Hotel in Dublin during a boxing weigh in.
That military-style attack, which was captured on CCTV, was thought to be in retaliation for the Hutch murder.
Since then, five other people have been murdered: Eddie Hutch, Noel Duggan, Martin O’Rourke, Michael Barr and Gareth Hutch.
Four of the deaths took place in the north inner city district of the capital.
The latest murder was again captured on CCTV with the footage ending up in the public domain.
TD for the area, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, welcomed comments by Garda Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy that he was confident of bringing those responsible for the bloodshed to justice.
“I want to welcome the resolve of Chief Superintendent Leahy that these criminals will be identified and apprehended before more innocent lives are endangered during this wave of violence that has traumatized the north inner city,” she said.
“In particular, I am glad to hear Chief Superintendent Leahy confirm that a Garda investigation is under way into the leaked CCTV footage of the most recent shooting.
“This was unacceptable, dehumanizing, and runs the risk of glamourizing this type of barbaric act.”