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gang bust Three Hutch associates due in court tonight in connection with Regency Hotel shooting

They are expected to be charged with being part of a criminal organisation which was involved in the murder of David Byrne in the Regency Hotel in 2016.

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A Garda cordon outside the Regency Hotel in February 2016

A Garda cordon outside the Regency Hotel in February 2016

A Garda cordon outside the Regency Hotel in February 2016

Three men are due to appear in the Special Criminal Court later today in connection with the Regency Hotel shooting.

A garda spokesman said two of the men - aged 50 and 60-years-old - were arrested foot of a warrants issued by the Special Criminal Court pursuant to Section 47 of the Offence Against the State Act.

The Sunday World can reveal the men are associates of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - but are not related to him.

A source said they are expected to be charged with being part of a criminal organisation which was involved in the murder of David Byrne in the Regency Hotel in 2016.

One of the three men is in his mid 60s and was previously given a significant sentence for an extremely violent crime in North Dublin.

Another of the trio is a long-term associate of Gerry Hutch and previously had a vehicle seized from him by gardai as part of the Regency probe.

David Byrne was shot dead when a five-strong squad – including three men dressed as ERU members armed with AK47 rifles – attacked at a boxing weigh-in on February 5, 2016.

Hutch went into hiding shortly after the Regency incident which sparked a vicious gangland feud in Dublin that claimed 18 lives including those of two completely innocent men.

The death toll included Gerry Hutch’s brother, Eddie, three of his nephews and two of his best friends.

The men will appear before the Special Criminal Court, today Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

More to follow..

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