Suspected Regency Hotel gunman flees Dublin

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Two gunmen enter the Regency Hotel just before David Byrne was shot dead
Two gunmen enter the Regency Hotel just before David Byrne was shot dead

A feared gangland criminal has fled his north inner city home and is believed to be hiding out with other criminals in the North.

The gangster is suspected of being one of the gunmen armed with AK-47s who stormed the Regency Hotel and shot dead rival gangster David Byrne in February's high-profile gun attack.

This has made him a prime target for the Kinahan cartel. After months of hiding out in Dublin, the hitman is now understood to be based in the North because of fears that he will be shot dead.

A senior member of the Kinahan cartel has been arrested in connection with the murder of taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr, read the full story here.

A second man was arrested in connection with the killing a short time later, read the full story here. 

"The Hutch gang is in a bit of a state of disarray at the moment, everyone is wondering what their next move will be.

"Some of the main players in it are in jail and others have moved out of the country, and then you have some fellows staying in different hotels each night," a source said.

"The feeling is that they will need to regroup before they can properly tackle the Kinahan cartel," the source added.

Of the five feud-related murders that have happened since Gary Hutch was shot dead last September, gardai suspect four have been carried out on the orders of the cartel.

The intended target of one of these fatal shootings, convicted criminal Keith Murtagh, is believed to be still based in England after fleeing there just days after innocent bystander Martin O'Rourke was shot dead by a reckless hitman in Sheriff Street last month.

While the Regency Hotel gunman known as 'Flat Cap' remains in Northern Ireland, there is no intelligence that the Hutch gang assassin who fled from Dublin has linked up with him across the border.

It previously emerged that the assassin warned gardai that the gang war between the Christy Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob would not end until Daniel Kinahan was shot dead.

The comments were made when officers raided his northside Dublin home in February.

"We will not rest until Daniel Kinahan is dead. He caused all of this - it won't end until he is in his grave'," the gunman said.