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Council plan to move feud families to safe houses

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Street sealed off after the brutal murder of Eddie Hutch last week
Street sealed off after the brutal murder of Eddie Hutch last week

Dublin City Council has prepared a large number of safe houses for women and children caught in the bloody gangland feud.

South inner city councillor Mannix Flynn – who is running as an Independent in the forthcoming General Election – has exclusively revealed to the Sunday World that Dublin City Council has prepared a large number of safe houses in the city for the wives and children of feuding gangsters to be moved to.

Councillor Flynn said that a plan has been put in place by Dublin City Council to relocate potential targets. 

“There are a number of safe houses already in place for families of the people involved to be housed in located around the country – regardless of what side of the feud they are on,” he said.

“It is appropriate for Dublin City Council to protect those residents of our housing estates who believe their lives are in danger because of this feud. We are involved in the protection of all our tenants and the reality of the situation is our estates are at the heart of these feuds.

“Already we have residents petrified when they are taking their children to school because they know the families involved are taking their kids to these schools at the same time and they are targets.

“So moving these families out of those estates does help to de-escalate that sense of fear and those tensions.

“If the family of one of these gangsters like Freddie Thompson says they believe they are risk and the Gardaí verify that, then the vans will go in and they will be moved lock stock and barrel to a secure location – it will be door to door.”

Earlier today it emerged that two of the four-man gang who are suspected of being involved in the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr have been formally notified by gardaí of an imminent threat against their lives.

According to today's Irish Independent, it is understood gardaí were acting on information that the men had been identified and blamed for the murder of Hutch in his home on Poplar Row last eight days ago.

The two under-threat criminals are closely linked to the Kinahan cartel. One of them is suspected of attempting to murder exiled crimelord John Gilligan twice in the space of less than three months, while the other is a chief suspect in the shocking 2006 Baiba Saulite murder case.

Mr Hutch's funeral will be held on Friday in Dublin's north inner city.