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Fears for those 20 names on the mob’s hitlist

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch is facing the darkest hours of his criminal career as Gardaí on both sides of the city held an emergency meeting while Dublin’s gangland remains on a knife edge.

The family Godfather has been dragged out of semi-retirement and into a feud by relatives who have been working with the Kinahan cartel, but who have now fallen foul of the mob

As the two sides line up for battle, Hutch is desperate to keep a lid on tensions believing that tit-for-tat fighting will be used as an excuse by ambitious dealers to take out their rivals.

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More than 20 people, including close relatives of Hutch, on both sides of the divide have been warned their lives are in danger and issued with official GIM [Garda Information Message] forms by cops.

It is understood that Hutch is being urged to go to war with the drug gang, who other criminals and paramilitary groups feel have expanded out of control.

Sources say he has been offered the backing of former republican godfathers and other paramilitary heavies as well as senior criminals.

But the veteran armed robber, who has been living between Lanzarote and Dublin, is reluctant to sanction any major gun battle with the Kinahan hoods as he knows it is bad for business.

While Hutch has no involvement in drugs himself, many of his key associates and some of his close relatives make their living by importing cocaine, heroin and cannabis into Ireland.

It is understood that significant recent seizures made by the local drug units and the Garda’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau are a direct result of tensions within the underworld as informers tout on rivals.

However, greed and a scramble for turf at a lower level in the chain will come at a price for everyone, senior underworld sources claim, as the Kinahan and Hutch sides have a symbiotic relationship where one cannot operate without the other.

Gardaí are divided about the power of the so-called ‘Hutch army’.

Many believe the Kinahan mob are afraid of the power of the notorious Dublin family and their associates, while others say they don’t have the strength to take on the mob.

Christy Kinahan 

Hutch has refused to meet representatives of the Kinahan Cartel despite approaches and will not sit down with anyone except Christy Kinahan Snr or John Cunningham for peace talks.

John Cunningham (63), who was jailed for the notorious 1986 kidnap of heiress Jennifer Guinness, is the right-hand man of Christy Snr and is his most trusted associate.

Gardaí do not believe reports that there was any attempted assassination on the life of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch while he was in Lanzarote recently and the Sunday World understands that he was actually back in Ireland when the incident supposedly occurred.

Many senior Kinahan associates have already gone into hiding in advance of any bloodshed, including enforcers Gary Finnegan and Paul Rice.

Paul Rice

The Kinahan Cartel control the vast majority of the drugs trade in Ireland from their base on the Costa del Sol and have long been regarded as untouchable by other gangland criminals.

They use a number of trusted agents in Ireland to distribute huge quantities of cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

However, there have been serious tensions within the Cartel’s organisation which has lead to at least three murders.

As well as the murder of Gary Hutch (34) in Spain last year, almost exactly a year earlier Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh (44) was shot dead in a Spanish bar.

Last March, Hatchet’s brother Paul Kavanagh (26), was shot dead in Drumcondra.