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Kinahan and Hutch gangs in negotiations

Crime DeskBy Martin Grant
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

The Kinahan and Hutch gangs, the two rival factions at the heart of Dublin’s ongoing gangland feud, are currently in negotiations, according to a BBC Northern Ireland documentary.

A Spotlight Northern Ireland documentary aired this evening which included a statement issued by a Kinahan associate.

The Kinahan source said the feared cartel will guarantee "balance and fairness" as the feud continues. 

BBC Spotlight reporter Jennifer O'Leary said that she contacted various people who she knew to be associates of Daniel Kinahan and was told he didn't want to speak to the programme.

Daniel Kinahan 

However, on her last evening in Spain – where she was investigating the Kinahan cartel-  Ms O'Leary got a call from an intermediary for the Kinahan family who wanted to meet in a Marbella bar with no cameras.

The programme meet with the intermediary and what appeared to be several other gang members.

The source told the Spotlight programme that "negotiations are currently in process between the two rival factions."

The source is close to Daniel Kinahan and described him as being "as strong as an ox."

The source added that "the whole situation is regrettable and the regret manifests from the fact that the Monk decided that a family event is the right place to make his mark."

The associate also told the programme that "going forward the Kinahan's can guarantee balance and fairness in what already is a difficult situation."

Spotlight said that Daniel Kinahan would not meet with the programme and that the remarks are "ambiguous" and could be interpreted as "conciliatory or in a more threatening way."

Gardai believe close associates of slain gangster Gary Hutch, who was murdered in Spain last September, were behind the brutal Regency Hotel shootings in which David Byrne was murdered.

The Kinahan cartel hit back and murdered innocent taxi driver Eddie Hutch, the brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.