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'The Monk' receives death threats ahead of brother's funeral

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

GERRY ‘The Monk’ Hutch has been formally notified that his life is in danger.

The veteran crime boss, whose brother Eddie was waked at the Hutch family home last night, was officially informed that detectives had credible information that his life is under threat.

Local sources revealed that officers from Clontarf garda station served official documents to Hutch in light of the recent city gangland killings.

Gerry Hutch travelled from Dublin to the Dutch city of Eindhoven earlier this week, but has since returned ahead of his brother’s funeral today for which a major garda operation will be in place.

The Garda Information Message (GIM) form was issued less than 24 hours before Eddie Hutch Snr was waked.

Yesterday, scores of mourners turned out at the home of Margaret Hutch to pay their respects to her brother who was murdered last week.

Mourners brought floral tributes reading “Granddad” and “Brother” as they entered the north Dublin home where the father-of-five’s remains reposed.

The killing of taxi driver Hutch, who sources described as an innocent man, is part of an ongoing feud between associates of his family and the Kinahan drugs cartel.

Hutch (59) was gunned down at his home in Poplar Row, Ballybough, by a four-man hit team in what is believed to be a revenge attack for the murder of 35-year-old David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel three days before.

Yesterday’s wake lasted from 3pm until 6pm, with friends and family, including three of the murder victim’s sons – Ross, Eddie Jnr and Gavin – attending.

Floral tributes reading “Brother” and “Taxi” were also brought to the house. Members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) armed with automatic weapons maintained a visible presence outside the house, while uniformed gardai manned a checkpoint nearby.

Streets in and around the neighbourhood were being patrolled by members of the Garda Public Order Unit, while officers from the Armed Support Unit were on duty too.

However, the wake passed off without incident, with gardai even entertaining local children – who appeared fascinated by the presence of armed detectives – by passing a rugby ball between them.

Eddie Hutch Snr’s funeral mass takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street this morning, and he will be buried at Glasnevin Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and sons Edward, Gavin, Alan and Ross. Another son, Christopher, died several years ago.

Robin Schiller