Gardai admit they had no idea hotel attack was due to take place

Gardai briefing the media at Ballymun Garda Station today
Gardai briefing the media at Ballymun Garda Station today

Speaking at a press briefing today Garda assistant commissioner Jack Nolan says the gardai had no intelligence that an attack was planned at the Regency Hotel yesterday.

It has been revealed today that An Garda Siochana did not have any specific intelligence or information that there were any risks or any threats associated with the weigh-in at the Regency Hotel yesterday. 

The gardai told the media today that if they had any information about a potential attack 'there would have been an operational plan put in place'. 

The admission comes as the manhunt for the four gunmen continues.

Criminal David Byrne was shot dead and two others injured as two gunmen armed with AK-47s - and two others with handguns - opened fire in the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

Three of the men were dressed as gardaí. The other was disguised as a woman.

The brazen gangland shooting occurred as about 100 people, including several members of the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate, attended a weigh-in for a boxing event.


Two men with AK-47s began firing shots as they reached the main front door of the hotel. A third man dressed in a Garda uniform and a fourth - dressed as a woman - were also involved in the hit, which is believed to be linked to the murder of criminal Gary Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

David Byrne (34), from Raleigh Square in Crumlin - a key Dublin-based member of the Christy Kinahan cartel for years - died at the scene.

Sean McGovern (30), from Captain's Road in Crumlin and  Aaron Bolger (25), from Killinarden in Tallaght, were injured in the attack.

Both men also have connections to gangland crime figures.