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GANG WAR: Eddie Hutch blasted nine times

Eddie Hutch Snr
Eddie Hutch Snr

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch’s taxi driver brother Eddie Hutch Snr was blasted nine times in Dublin city centre last night in what is believed to be a revenge attack for the violence at the Regency Hotel this weekend.

Eddie Hutch Snr was gunned down at his family home on Poplar Row, off the North Strand in Dublin 1 at around 7:45pm.

The brazen shooting took place despite the fact extra armed gardai have been deployed to the street of Dublin to prevent further bloodshed.

A four-man death squad burst into the house and murdered of Eddie Hutch Snr, according to sources.

A silver, 04-D BMW was found burnt out on Lyndsay Road in Ballybough in north Dublin.

The shooting occurred despite a heavy garda presence on the streets of Dublin on Monday.

The gang managed to avoid checkpoints located around the city.

Eddie Hutch Snr is a convicted fraudster.

One of his five sons, drug dealer Christoper ‘Bouncer’ Hutch, died from a heroin overdose in 2003.

While it is unclear at this stage who carried the latest the attack it is likely to be retaliation for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Friday.

Yesterday the BBC reported that the Continuity IRA had claimed it was responsible for the attack at the Regency Hotel.

This has since been debunked as the republican outfit has denied the reports.

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."

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.