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Gardai to put ‘ring of steel’ around David Byrne’s funeral

Gardai to put ‘ring of steel’ around David Byrne’s funeral

The body of feud murder victim David Byrne is expected to be released to his family today as senior gardai formulate a major security plan for his funeral.

The 34-year-old member of the Christy Kinahan cartel was shot dead by members of the rival north inner city mob in last Friday's shocking hotel gun attack.

Byrne's funeral is expected to take place in Dublin's south inner city this Friday, but details of this have not yet been finalised.

"It has not yet been confirmed that his body will be released but that is the expectation," a source said.

Last night, sources said there will be a massive garda presence at the funeral because of fears that it may be targeted by the same gang who were responsible for the murder of Byrne.

Flowers outside the Regency Hotel (Pic: Independent) 

Two of Byrne's pals, Aaron Bolger (25), from Tallaght and Sean McGovern (30), from Crumlin, were injured in the shooting, but both men are said to be making a good recovery from their injuries.

Yesterday, a floral tribute was left outside the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra by David's criminal brother Liam.

"To my No 1 bro David. You are sadly missed. Till we meet again. I will never forget you. Your loving bro Liam," it read.

David Byrne, from Raleigh Square, in Crumlin, was extremely well-known to gardai because of his involvement in gangland criminality.

He was arrested in relation to a number of murders, including that of Gary Bryan in 2006, which was part of the bitter Crumlin/Drimnagh feud.

Byrne was cleared of firearms charges in relation to a shooting incident connected to the same feud, which occurred in August, 2008.

He was suspected of involvement in the importation of dozens of large shipments of drugs into the country, but was never charged in relation to these offences.

One of Byrne's closet associates is believed to have paid to have Eddie Hutch shot dead in a revenge attack.