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Continuity IRA dismisses claims it was responsible for Regency Hotel murder

Gardai at the scene of the Regency Hotel shooting
Gardai at the scene of the Regency Hotel shooting

The Continuity IRA has dismissed claims that it was responsible for Friday’s fatal gun attack at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

David Byrne, originally from Raleigh Square in Crumlin and who is a close associate of the Kinahan crime mob, was shot dead on Friday at a boxing weigh-in.

Sean McGovern (30), from Captain's Road in Crumlin and Aaron Bolger (25), from Killinarden in Tallaght, were injured in the attack.

The first claim of responsibility was attributed to dissident republicans and made with a code word to the BBC in Belfast.

However, a second statement, issued to the Irish Daily Mirror hours later and again reportedly from the Continuity IRA, dissident republicans said the first claim as bogus.

"The Continuity IRA wish to make it clear that we did not have any involvement in Friday's shooting at the Regency Hotel," it said.

"We have absolutely no involvement in criminal feuds. We see the false claim that the CIRA were involved in this act as another attempt to tarnish the name of the organisation."

The Regency Hotel

Des Dalton, president of Republican Sinn Fein, said he had spoken to republican sources who had confirmed the second statement and rejected the claim of responsibility.

"I have been told that it was a bogus statement and an attempt to smear the Continuity IRA," he said.

Eddie Hutch Snr is the latest victim of gangland violence in Ireland.

He was shot dead on Poplar Row in north Dublin on Monday evening at 7.45pm by four gunmen in an apparent reprisal for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel.

He is the brother of ‘The Monk’ Gerry Hutch, and an uncle of murdered Gary Hutch, who was the first victim in the bloody feud when he was gunned down almost five months ago.