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Kinahan cartel 'gun for hire' arrested over Eddie Hutch gangland shooting

The scene of Eddie Hutch's murder
The scene of Eddie Hutch's murder

A senior member of the Kinahan cartel has been arrested in connection with the murder of taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr.

The well-known gangster was arrested by senior detectives from Mountjoy garda station this afternoon.

He can now be questioned for up to seven days about the tit-for-tat murder of taxi driver Hutch (59) on February 8.

The Dublin criminal, who is in his 30s, is also a suspect in the murder of cigarette smuggler Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (56) and was linked to a previous high-profile gangland murder bid, has revealed.

Last week it emerged that the criminal terrified gym staff when he demanded subscription refunds for four of his associates who are either on the run or locked up.

There were scary scenes when he stormed into a Dublin gym and threatened two female members of staff.

Gardai have confirmed that the man was arrested earlier today in the Dublin area and is currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at Mountjoy Garda Station.

He can be questioned for up to seven days under the legislation.

The suspected hitman has been warned about an active threat against his life because of his suspected role in the murders but he abused detectives when they issued him with the formal notice two months ago.

He was arrested in late March by gardai who were carrying out searches in relation to the feud murder of Eddie Hutch Snr.

He was released from garda custody after being detained for obstructing a search.

Taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr, a brother of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, was shot dead in retaliation for the Regency Hotel attack which happened just three days before his murder.

Hutch Snr was gunned down at his family home on Poplar Row at around 7.45pm on February 8.

The brazen shooting took place despite the fact extra armed gardai had been deployed to the streets of Dublin to prevent further bloodshed following the Regency attack.

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

During the Regency attack hitmen, dressed as gardai and armed with AK47s, stormed the hotel during a boxing weigh-in and killed key Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (34).

The murders of Duggan, innocent addict Martin O'Rourke (24) and dissident Michael Barr (35) have all been linked to the ongoing gang war.

The feud's first victim was Gary Hutch (34).  A nephew of the Monk, Gary Hutch was lured to a meeting with former associates in Marbella, Spain last September.

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