Armed gardai prevent cartel plot to murder Monk's brother Patsy
Armed gardai have saved the life of top Kinahan cartel target Patsy Hutch by arresting two men and seizing a loaded gun in the area near his north inner city home.
The murder bid on the older brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was foiled when gardai arrested an associate of slain Regency gangster David Byrne and seized a "kill-kit" - including a loaded Glock handgun, a motorcycle helmet, gloves and a full can of petrol - deep in Hutch mob territory on Friday night.
Patsy (55) is considered the top Dublin-based target for the cartel, as The Monk is now based in Europe over fears for his life in the capital.
He has survived at least two hit attempts by the Kinahan cartel in the past 18 months and, as a result, his home is watched 24 hours a day by gardai.
His son, Gary Hutch (34), was shot dead by the Kinahans in southern Spain in September 2015, the first murder of the Hutch/Kinahan feud that has so far claimed 12 lives.
Another son, Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch (30), is serving a 10-year prison sentence for manslaughter, alongside a 16-year term for co-ordinating a robbery attempt.
On Friday night, armed gardai foiled the latest bid to take out Patsy when they arrested a 24-year-old Kinahan associate and a 26-year-old man.
Both are from Dublin's north inner city and were arrested after a moped was stopped by an Armed Support Unit checkpoint on the North Strand at 10pm on Friday.
The arrests were made after armed officers chased a vehicle that turned away from the checkpoint shortly after the moped was stopped.
The vehicle was apprehended by gardai in the vicinity of a second car, which officers suspect could have been used as a getaway car.
Sources say the moped was acting as a spotter for the hit .
"Patsy is a major target for the Kinahans, they see him as their number one Dublin-based target with Gerry out of the country," a source told the Herald last night.
"But anyone looking to take him out faces a difficult task as he is so closely monitored by gardai for his own safety."
Last July, Patsy Hutch survived an assassination bid after a lone gunman on a bicycle approached his house before failing to follow through with the attack.
The most recent feud victim was Michael Keogh, who was shot dead in his car on May 31.
On May 10, Hutch mob associate James 'Mago' Gately was lucky to survive a hit when he was shot five times, once in the neck.
The four other bullets hit his bullet-proof vest, which saved his life.