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Gary Hutch’s brother and pals at risk of cartel attacks

Patrick Hutch and James Gately
Patrick Hutch and James Gately

THIS IS the tight-knit group of brothers and best friends who have been warned their lives are in danger from the Kinahan Cartel, who are hell-bent on avenging the death of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel.

These exclusive Sunday World images show Patrick Hutch carrying the coffin of his murdered brother Gary along with close pal James ‘Mago’ Gately last September.

The killing was the spark that lit the deadly gangland feud which exploded in the Regency Hotel with the military-style hit on Kinahan Cartel lieutenant David Byrne.

The Sunday World understands that the two are among dozens of Hutch family members and friends who have now been warned that their lives are in danger.

Gately’s home in Coolock was raided in the weeks after the shootings and Gardaí have been constantly monitoring a business premises he owns in the city centre.

Patrick Jnr was not connected to his brother Gary’s to the seriosu criminal activity. 

However he is now under constant surveillance by armed cops, along with other family members because the threat to their lives is deemed so high.

Patrick’s uncle Eddie Hutch was shot dead in his north inner city home in retaliation for the Regency attack, purely because of his surname.

Patrick’s other brother, Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch, has already survived a number of attempts on his life in prison and their father Patsy was believed to have cheated death too when he took a last minute trip to the U.K.

There are also fears for Derek Hutch’s co-accused Keith Murtagh, who has served his time for the botched robbery.

Keith Murtagh and Patrick Hutch

Ross Hutch, Eddie Snr’s son, has been moving around a number of addresses over fears for his safety and Eddie Hutch junior has been living in fear since his father was callously gunned down.

Family head Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch has also been served with a GIM from Gardaí – the official forms given to people whose lives are under threat.

The Monk has spent the week back at his home in Clontarf, where Gardaí have also maintained an armed presence.

Other associates and close friends of the family have been warned to be extra cautious.

After a dramatic week of Garda activity, the net is also closing on the Regency hit team linked to the Hutch feud faction.

Detectives are racing against time to beat hit teams hired by the Kinahan Cartel, determined to avenge the murder of drug boss David Byrne.

They hope to make arrests in the coming weeks in relation to the Regency outrage.

They believe they have identified the man who dressed as a woman and was photographed fleeing the hotel after the murder, as well as the flat-cap gunman – a rogue dissident republican from Tyrone.

They now also believe they have pinpointed three men dressed in Garda uniforms who walked into the hotel with AK47 assault rifles at the weigh-in for the MGM sponsored boxing event.

This week, former Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan Dowdall’s home was raided by officers probing the Hutch clan.

A Garda diver was called in to search a pond at the back of the house and a large aquarium inside it. He was not arrested and has not been charged with any offence.

Dowdall denied he had anything to do with organised crime, but said he was a friend of Gary Hutch’s father, Patrick Snr. Mr Hutch does not have any involvement in organised crime.

Members of the family, including the Monk and his murdered brother Eddie, previously attending a charity white-collar boxing night which was part-sponsored by the then Dublin city councillor in 2014.

The other major breakthrough in the investigation came when Gardaí seized the three AK47s they believe are linked to the Regency assault. A man has been charged with possession of those weapons after they were seized in a car at Slane, Co.  Meath last Wednesday.

Shane Rowan, from Donegal, has also been charged with membership of the IRA at a sitting of the Special Criminal Court.

The Sunday World has learned that Gardaí believe the deadly assault rifles used in the murder of Byrne are likely to have been part of an old consignments sent from Libya to the Provos.

The discovery highlights sinister links between city criminals, former Provos and dissident republicans north of the border. The weapons are an exact match to those smuggled into Ireland during the 1980s by the Provos.

North African dictator Colonel Gadaffi sent a series of huge arms caches to the Provisional IRA.

It is thought that the AK-47s seized are those used in the Regency Hotel shooting.

The Provos under the supervision of Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy, smuggled the weapons from Libya in a series of shipments.

By Nicola Tallant and Eamon Dillon