Army on standby for funeral of David Byrne today
Gardaí will step up armed patrols in Dublin's north inner city today to deter any attempts to escalate the feud between two of the country's most lethal gangs at a funeral service for murder victim David Byrne (34).
Senior sources have revealed that the Defence Forces are on standby to assist them in bomb sweeps around the city.
Members of the Emergency Response Unit will throw a cordon around the potential flashpoint areas as mourners gather to pay their final respects to Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel on the northside of the city on Friday February 5.
Byrne, who is to be buried today in a €15,000 coffin, played an active part in the gang led by underworld boss Christy Kinahan. A number of associates are expected to turn up at the service.
Gardaí have been monitoring air and sea ports over the weekend to establish how many of those associates are arriving here from Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.
Senior officers say they do not expect any trouble while the service is being held at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street.
A security plan will cover the hours immediately before and after the service, and well-known haunts of gang associates in the capital are also being kept under watch.
Armed checkpoints and patrols have been in place across the city since the Regency attack and the tit-for-tat murder of Eddie Hutch Senior in the north inner city last Monday.
But the armed Garda presence around Francis Street and in Crumlin, where Byrne and several of his associates either live or have connections, has been increased.