Tensions high ahead of Gary Hutch funeral

Funeral: Armed gardai will be deployed on the streets as a precaution
Funeral: Armed gardai will be deployed on the streets as a precaution

Tensions in the capital are high as the latest gangland victim is to be laid to rest.

Gary Hutch, gunned down in Spain on 24 September, is to be buried tomorrow following the repatriation of his body last week. 

The gangland figure, a nephew to 'The Monk', was shot a number of times by a masked gunman at an apartment complex on the Costa del Sol. 

It is believed he was targeted by former associates after escaping two previous assassination attempts. 

Sources say tensions in Dublin are high, and that armed gardai will be deployed on the streets of the north-inner city for the ceremony. 

"The situation is on a knife-edge, with associates of Hutch furious that he may have been executed on the orders of his one-time boss Christy Kinahan," the source told the Herald

His funeral takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, at 11am tomorrow.

Gardai will be watching the ceremony closely and armed members of the force will be present on the streets as a precaution.

"Tensions are currently at a high which hasn't been seen in the area for the last number years, so gardai are taking extra preventative measures," a source added.

A number of Dublin's most notorious gangland figures are expected to pay their respects.

However, this may not include notorious criminal 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

The latter may be forced to avoid the ceremony as reports suggest he is a marked man. 

Gardai will patrol the city's streets throughout the funeral, while plain clothed detectives are expected to keep a discreet eye on the ceremony itself.