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Hunt is on for hit-team that carried out the most shocking gangland slaying in Irish criminal history

NewsBy Nicola Tallant
Hunt is on for hit-team that carried out the most shocking gangland slaying in Irish criminal history

The hunt is on for the six members of the hit-team that carried out the most shocking gangland slayings in Irish criminal history.

The gang escaped by speeding out of the car park of the north Dublin Regency Hotel, leaving the body of gangster David Byrne lying dead in reception.

Spectators heard one gunman shout “he’s not here, I can’t find him”, before shots erupted in the conference room.

Within seconds two men dressed in full Garda ERU uniforms and carrying Kalashnikovs targeted drug dealer David Byrne and shot him dead, injuring his associates Sean McGovern and Aaron Bolger.

In the panic that followed, the two shooters ran to a car park firing off shots and eventually emerged from the hotel where they calmly made their way to the getaway car.

The driver, also dressed in an ERU uniform, then slowly drove to an electric gate and used a fob to open it before driving away.

The military precision of the operation was extraordinary and, last night, as Gardaí across the city gathered to discuss the fallout, few were left under any illusion but a gangland war like no other has been officially declared.

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