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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Eight arrests in the year since taxi driver Eddie Hutch was killed in feud

Gardai at the scene after Eddie Hutch was shot last February
Gardai at the scene after Eddie Hutch was shot last February
Eddie Hutch
The grave of Eddie Hutch in Glasnevin Cemetery
The grave of Eddie Hutch in Glasnevin Cemetery
Floral tributes at Eddie Hutch’s grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, which was monitored by gardai yesterday

Eight people have been arrested by gardai investigating the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr in the year since he was shot.

Gardai yesterday carried out surveillance of Mr Hutch's grave in Glasnevin Cemetery because of fears that it would be targeted by the Kinahan cartel on the anniversary of the innocent taxi driver's murder.

Eddie is buried in the same grave as his son, Christopher 'Bouncer' Hutch, who was cartel kingpin Daniel Kinahan's best pal before 'Bouncer' died of a drugs overdose in March 2003.

No one then could have predicted that a dispute between Daniel's and Christopher's associates would lead to a feud that has claimed 11 lives since Gary Hutch's murder in September, 2015, by the Kinahan mob.

In a series of anniversary notices published in this newspaper yesterday, Eddie's brother John and nephew Jonathan paid tribute to the murder victim.

Both men have been the subject of botched Kinahan cartel hits since the murder of highly regarded Eddie (58), who was known to his pals as 'Neddy'.

Inflamed

The massive garda investigation into Mr Hutch's murder is ongoing and last night a senior source said the victim had "no involvement" in the Regency Hotel gun attack, which inflamed the deadly feud.

Gardai still believe that Eddie was murdered just because he was a brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who officers suspect may have been involved in the planning of the Regency attack, which claimed the life of cartel figure David Byrne (33).

The last time the publicity-shy 'Monk' was photographed was when he showed up in disguise at his slain older brother funeral last February.

The anniversary of Byrne's death passed off on Sunday without incident as gardai mounted a major campaign to prevent further bloodshed.

Eddie Hutch was shot dead at his home in Dublin's north inner city on February 8 last year.

The four-man hit team, who burst into Mr Hutch's home at Poplar Row, later escaped in a silver 06 BMW car.

His killing was seen as a revenge attack for the Regency Hotel shooting, in which Byrne was assassinated and two of his pals injured.

The Herald previously revealed that gardai have been probing whether the same gangsters who murdered Eddie Hutch were involved in the fatal shooting of Gerry Hutch's best pal Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan just weeks later.

Two notorious hitmen from Cabra and Finglas have been arrested as part of the probe.

Both have since fled abroad because of garda heat in the case and the fact they face serious charges before the courts.

This duo are also the chief suspects in the murder of Darren Kearns (33), who was shot dead in front of his wife after eating a Chinese meal on December 30, 2015, on Dublin's Blackhorse Avenue.

Slain David Byrne's cousin, Ritchie Thompson (38), was arrested on suspicion of withholding information in relation to the case but was then released after a few hours. He is not considered a murder suspect.

Bullets

In the same week that Thompson was arrested, a man in his late 20s was also picked up by detectives, who suspected him of possessing bullets in relation to the savage crime.

This Clontarf thug's links to the cartel can also be seen by the fact that he was previously arrested by detectives investigating the feud murder of dissident Republican Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub last April, but he is not suspected of being present at either murder.

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