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Monk’s gang hold talks with INLA

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
DEADLY: Gareth Byrne heads violent INLA outfit
DEADLY: Gareth Byrne heads violent INLA outfit

A SENIOR figure in the Hutch gang has held talks with a deadly INLA group based in west Dublin.

It is the latest twist on the lethal feud between the Hutch gang and the Kinahan Cartel that has so far claimed four lives.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gareth Byrne, who heads up a violent republican outfit, has been approached by a Hutch representative over the gangland violence, according to sources.

Byrne’s INLA mob has been linked with the murder of gangster ‘Fat’ Andy Connors in August 2014, as well as with extorting cash from businessmen and drug dealers.

'Fat' Andy Connors

The INLA based in south Dublin has previously clashed with ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s crew in Crumlin.

Byrne is also known to be a pal of Kinahan Cartel enforcer Paul Rice.

Paul Rice

It is thought that the most recent feud-related murder of Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan had been carried out without being first approved by the head of Kinahan Cartel, Christy Snr.

Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan

Last week the Sunday World revealed how this has created tensions within the cartel.

Liam Byrne, whose brother David was murdered in the Regency Hotel shooting, has been effectively sidelined while the feud remains live, say sources.

Liam Byrne

The Crumlin thug is now seen as the focus for members of the Hutch clan bent on revenge, according to sources.

Enraged Byrne also wants to continue to dish out vengeance for the killing of his brother two months ago.

Another of the cartel’s key figures, Greg Lynch, was the target of a series of raids by Gardaí this week.

Greg Lynch

Lynch, who escaped an assassination bid in 2013, wasn’t arrested but a number of documents were seized.

Officers also targeted addresses in the Oliver Bond flat complex, where Daniel Kinahan grew up.

Two men were arrested in the Walkinstown and Coombe areas of the south inner city and cocaine and heroin worth €65,000 was seized, as well as €18,000.

Fear of revenge attacks and Garda pressure has hit the cartel’s cash flow and drug-dealing operations in Ireland, said sources.

Dissident republicans have already been linked to the Hutch gang, with one suspect directly involved in the Regency gun attack.

The weapons suspected to have been used in the spectacular attack were also sourced through paramilitary connections.

Gareth Byrne was jailed for four years in November 2009 for membership of an illegal organisation.

Originally from Kimmage, Dublin, he was arrested in September 2008 at an apartment in Clondalkin which was being used to make pipe bombs.

He was one of four INLA members who was nabbed during a Special Branch raid. Gardaí found four pipe bombs, nails, bulbs, surgical gloves and powder from shotgun cartridges.

It was believed that group were supplying pipe bombs for cash to several feuding Dublin criminal gangs.

In court Byrne admitted he was an INLA member.

The same year he was jailed Byrne was photographed in full paramilitary regalia parading at an INLA/IRSP colour party in Tallaght.

He has recently taken part in unofficial 1916 commemorations staged by dissident republican factions.