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Video: Gardai say they are confident of apprehending gangland killers

Gareth Hutch, who was murdered on Tuesday
Gareth Hutch, who was murdered on Tuesday

A senior officer has said that gardai are confident of solving the recent spate of gangland murders in Dublin.

This statement comes in the wake of Tuesday's murder of Gareth Hutch.

35-year-old Hutch, the father of a young boy, was murdered on Tuesday morning in the Avondale House complex in Cumberland Street North in Dublin, a few hundred yards from O'Connell Street.

He had been previously extradited from Holland on foot of a European Arrest Warrant to face charges relating to an attempted cash in transit robbery.

He was gunned down outside the Avondale House Flats on North Cumberland Street in Dublin's north-inner city yesterday morning.

The latest gangland victim had been living at the Avondale House flats.

The address was previously searched by gardai as part of the investigation into the Regency Hotel shooting.

The victim was recently issued with a Garda Information Message warning him that his life was under threat.

Gardai are investigating if a second man, also a relative of the Hutch family, was injured in the attack.

The gunmen are reported to have fled the scene on foot after their getaway vehicle failed to start. They got into another vehicle nearby.

This is the eighth murder linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Witnesses described two gunmen leaving the scene, and that "three to six shots" were fired.

The Hutch family and their associates have been repeatedly targeted by underworld rivals since the audacious AK47 gun attack on a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in north Dublin in February.

David Byrne, from the Crumlin area of Dublin and an associate of the Kinahan family, was killed in that incident.

His murder was said to have been in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Gary Hutch in September last year on the Costa del Sol after he fell foul of the Kinahan outfit and their operations in Spain.