Heavy garda presence for wake of murder victim Eddie Hutch
There was a heavy garda presence as the remains of Eddie Hutch Snr were brought to his sister's home on Portland Row in Dublin's north inner city yesterday evening.
Taxi driver Mr Hutch (58), the brother of former crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and who had no involvement with serious crime, was shot nine times in his home at Poplar Row last Monday week.
Armed members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stood with their uniformed colleagues as Mr Hutch's remains were conveyed the short distance from Jennings Funeral Home in Seville Place to nearby Portland Row.
Earlier yesterday, several Hutch family members including Mr Hutch's son, Eddie Jnr, were seen visiting the funeral home before the remains were removed.
Mr Hutch will be waked at his sister's home this evening ahead of tomorrow morning's funeral.
Fr Richard Ebejer, who will officiate, has said he hopes those involved in gangland violence will "heed the call" to put an end to the killing.
Fr Ebejer said he had spoken to the Hutch family and noted that they want the violence to end.
"We pray that those involved will heed the call," he told the Herald.
"In the course of the conversation, they were very clear that they want this to stop.
"It will come out in the funeral. I have prepared a few words."
Fr Ebejer added that the "spiral of violence and revenge" will lead nowhere.
Senior gardai have been finalising plans for the funeral as investigations into both the Regency Hotel and North Strand killings continue.
It is understood that the operation will be "very similar" to the massive operation for David Byrne's funeral service and burial on Monday.
As there are several higher buildings in the north inner city, members of the ERU will 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 include bomb sweeps of the church and cemetery, where the gangland shooting victim will be buried.
Mr Hutch's death has been linked to the feud between Hutch crime syndicate and the Kinahan drugs empire.