Gardai plan extensive operation for funeral of Eddie Hutch

Eddie Hutch Snr
Eddie Hutch Snr

Gardaí plan to launch an extensive operation to ensure the safety of those attending the funeral of taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr later this week.

Bomb sweeps, the air support unit and the heavily armed Emergency Support Unit (ERU) will all be on hand for the service in Dublin this Friday.

Senior members of An Garda Siochána were last night finalising plans which will again see a number of rolling checkpoints both in the north and south inner city.

The operation will be overseen by officers from Mountjoy Garda Station.

The plan will see similar tactics to those deployed during the funeral of slain drug dealer David Byrne in the Liberties on Monday.

The extravagant €65,000 spectacle passed off safely and was manned by up to 100 officers, half of whom were armed.

Garda snipers were seen on rooftops along the route as it moved from the Byrne's Raleigh Square fortress in Crumlin to the Church of the St Nicholas of Myra on Francis Street.

Some of the most notorious names on the gangland circuit, including drug baron brothers Daniel and Christy Kinahan Jnr, attended the funeral.

Eddie Snr (59), who was shot nine times by suspected Kinahan cartel gunmen in his Poplar Row home last Monday, is to be laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery following a service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street.

His nephew Gary Hutch - a former Kinahan gang member - was gunned down in Spain. He was also buried in Glasnevin following a ceremony in the same church.

Senior security sources have said they are hopeful that the event will pass off peacefully after what they deemed to be a very successful operation on Monday.