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Gardai running checks on Monk's house every half hour

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gardai are checking on Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's house every 30 minutes, 24 hours-a-day in a bid to protect him and his family from the vicious Kinahan cartel.

The report, in today's Sun, claims that the operation is costing tens of thousands of euro to maintain at such a high level.

On top of the drive-by checks, six checkpoints are also in operation in streets near the Monk's home.

The report quotes a source who says each checkpoint has two armed gardai and three uniformed officers, meaning that 30 gardai are involved in that part of the operation alone.

The Monk is reported to currently be in hiding in Holland but the security detail near his home is being maintained.

The Monk and his associates have been linked to the Regency gun attack in Dublin, during which mobster David Byrne was killed.

More than a hundred people who are related or connected to the Hutch family have since been warned of a potential threat to their lives, according to sources.

Assassins working for the Kinahan Cartel have shown they are willing to take out soft targets simply because they are related to the Monk.

His brother, Eddie Hutch Snr, was shot dead despite it being well known that he had no involvement in organised crime.

Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan was also gunned down at his Co. Meath home, simply because he was known to be friend of the Monk and Gareth Hutch, a nephew of the Monk, was shot and killed last month.

Anyone seen as connected to people involved in the feud are considered to be at risk of attack.