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Gardai seize cars, including a taxi, in Regency attack investigation

The Regency Hotel after the attack earlier this month
The Regency Hotel after the attack earlier this month

Gardai investigating the Regency Hotel gun attack have seized three cars - including a taxi - which are connected to the mob that carried out the brutal murder of crime figure David Byrne.

Forensic testing is being carried out on the vehicles which may have been used as part of the attack in which two of Byrne's pals were also shot.

Sources have revealed that the vehicles are connected to north inner city associates of Gary Hutch, who was shot dead by the Kinahan cartel last September.

"The seizure of these cars is considered to be significant," a senior source explained.

It has also emerged that gardai are investigating whether a series of armed pub robberies in Dublin before Christmas may have been used to provide funding for the audacious hotel attack on Friday, February 5.

Sources have revealed that a suspect in the pub robbery cases, in which staff were terrorised with a gun, has very close connections to the mob who carried out the deadly attack in the Drumcondra hotel two weeks ago.

"It is being looked at whether money which was stolen in these raids ultimately went towards funding the hotel gun attack," the source pointed out.

Meanwhile, the bitter feud between associates of Gary Hutch and the Christy Kinahan mob has led to a shortage of drugs on the streets.

Sources say the saturation armed policing across the capital over the past fortnight, coupled with the fact that the Kinahan mob have been busy dealing with the bitter feud, has led to the drought.

"The Kinahan cartel are supplying between 80 to 90pc of the drugs on the Irish market, but if they have to be looking over their shoulder all the time it means that they have taken their eye off their main business of drugs trafficking," a source explained.

It is understood that the temporary drugs drought in the capital is one of the most significant since the garda clampdown after the murder of crime reporter Veronica Guerin in 1996.

"With all the armed units on the streets in both the north and south inner city, it has been making it much more difficult for dealers to move their product," the source added.

Tensions remain extremely high in the capital this weekend, with gardai fearful of further revenge attacks after the murders of Eddie Hutch Snr and David Byrne.

It is understood that Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who attended his murdered brother Eddie's funeral yesterday in disguise, remained in the capital last night after family and friends of the gangland victim held a reception in a pub in the Summerhill area of the city after the burial.

'The Monk' was visited at his Clontarf home earlier this week where he was officially warned by gardai about an active threat on his life.

It is also believed that Christy Kinahan's sons Daniel and Christopher are still in the capital and have been staying in an upmarket hotel in the Grafton Street area.

There have been no arrests in either murder case, but sources say that gardai expect to begin picking up suspects as early as next week.

Most of the six-man gang who were involved in the hotel attack have been identified, including two criminals whose faces were caught by a press photographer.

It emerged yesterday that the PSNI raided the home of one of the suspects in the North on Wednesday but the criminal was not at home.

Sources say that gardai have also made good progress in the Eddie Hutch murder investigation with the four-man gang involved in that killing also identified. Two of this gang have been formally notified by gardai of an imminent threat against their lives.

Via Independent.ie