Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch – the gangland ghost who continues to haunt his enemies
As each new grave was dug, the Monk has remained as elusive as ever in his bolthole
Hidden beneath a black baseball cap pulled low over a dishevelled wig and surrounded by 800 mourners, he still cut an unmistakable figure.
Gerry Hutch – the Monk – was one of the most recognised men in the Irish underworld.
And when this picture was taken he had just become its most hunted.
Days earlier, a hit team had turned a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel into a bloodbath, triggering an all-out war between the Kinahan and Hutch organised crime gangs.
The retaliation had been swift and brutal.
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Three days after the murder of David Byrne and a failed bid to kill Daniel Kinahan, a cartel hit squad shot dead the Monk’s beloved older brother Eddie, an innocent, 59-year-old taxi driver and father of five.
As he stood outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Dublin’s Sean McDermott street watching the coffin carried inside, Gerry Hutch knew he was not just bidding farewell to his older brother.
It would be the last time he would be spotted in the north inner-city streets where he grew into one of Ireland’s shrewdest crime bosses.
In the 1,545 days that have passed since this photo was taken in February 2016, several of those pictured alongside him – including his nephew Gareth and his close pal Noel Kirwan – have lost their lives in the feud.
Gareth’s father John died of natural causes while a fourth brother Patsy has narrowly survived cartel attempts on his life.
Hutch’s closest friend Noel Duggan was also shot dead in his driveway.
But as each new grave was dug, the Monk has remained as elusive as ever in his bolthole.
The Kinahan cartel has continued to hunt for him and placed huge cash bounties on his head.
They have tried to turn people in his inner-city heartland against him in a bid for clues to his whereabouts.
He has managed to vanish off the face of the earth, alongside one of the Kinahans’ other top targets, the Hutch mob’s most feared hitman, who is also gone in the wind.
There were rumours Hutch fled north of the border, to Turkey, mainland Europe or even to his former holiday home in Lanzarote where he survived a previous assassination attempt in 2015.
But they remain just rumours.
To his enemies he has become a gangland ghost. And as a ghost he has continued to haunt them.
Since the bloodlust of the early days of the feud, the guns have fallen silent. Gardai have had major successes in putting hitmen behind bars. Others are in graveyards.
But from the wings Hutch has continued pulling the strings of a different kind of feud – a cyber propaganda war.
Social media accounts that sources believe are run by the one-time criminal mastermind have been targeting the Kinahan organisation relentlessly.
Just last week a body count of the murders it is alleged to have committed was published online.
The posts often tag associates and family members of those killed in a bid to stir dissent in the ranks.
The campaign has sought to drive a wedge between the Byrne Organised crime faction – caught up in the street war in Dublin – and their Kinahan masters, exiled in luxury in Dubai.
It risks making new and deadly enemies for the Cartel. The kind of enemies that might finish the job the Hutch gang started in the Regency.
The cyber warfare also serves another purpose for Gerry Hutch from his exile. While Daniel Kinahan escaped with his life from the Regency Hotel, he did lose something precious in the attack.
Kinahan’s dearest wish remains to become respected in the boxing world he adores.
But as he fled for his life out the back of the Regency, he left the dream he had built with his MTK organisation behind him in ruins.
A bizarre rap song released some weeks ago tells the tale of the attack and is clearly influenced by Kinahan’s own story which is referenced in it.
Its lyrics lament the fact that Daniel was “24 hours from becoming legitimate.” That’s what he feels was taken from him by the Hutches. It has taken years – and Kinahan stepping away from it – for MTK to re-build.
But just this week Daniel’s own rehabilitation continued when he was touted by boxing legend Bob Arum as the best man to stage what would be one of the biggest bouts in the sport’s history – a €100 million clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Over four years after the Regency, he is back on the brink of becoming a legitimate, boxing heavyweight again.
But as he closes in on his goal, he must still cast a haunted glance over his shoulder at the ghost of his old enemy.
In Criminal Assets Bureau affidavits sworn before the High Court in March last year, Gerry Hutch and Daniel Kinahan are identified as leading the two factions in the Kinahan-Hutch feud. Despite the lull in the killings, no one really believes this is over.
Those who know him and those who have followed his career say Gerry Hutch could never forgive or forget the day he followed his brother’s coffin on Sean McDermott Street some 1,544 days ago.
One said: “He was left broken by that day, broken and dangerous. It was as if whatever humanity he had left, went that day. He won’t forgive or forget until he breathes his last breath.”
Major figure in deadly feud arrested after €1.1m drugs seizure, Sources say the Drugs are Alleged to have being supplied by the Kinahan Cartel?
A major figure in the deadly Drogheda feud was among three people in Garda custody last night after detectives seized over €550,000 in cash and €1.1m worth of drugs.
Gardaí believe the cash, most of which was vacuum packed, was due to be brought out of the country.
Two men, aged 50 and 39, and a 43-year-old woman were arrested after members of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) stopped a number of vehicles on the Donore Road and the North Road areas of Drogheda, Co Louth, on Monday. All three were arrested on suspicion of enhancing the ability of an organised crime gang to commit a serious offence.
They were last night being questioned in a number of Dublin Garda stations under anti-gangland crime laws.
Armed gardaí were involved in follow-up searches in counties Louth, Meath, Dublin and Wexford.
During this operation, gardaí seized what they described as a “substantial” quantity of cash, estimated to be more than €550,000.
They also seized cocaine and illegal prescription drugs with a total estimated street value to €1.1m. Gardaí believe the drugs were to be distributed among gangs based in Dublin, north Leinster and the Border counties.
Like many massive seizures of this kind, sources said the Kinahan cartel was suspected of sourcing the drugs.
Three vehicles, among them a top-of-the-range Mercedes, were also seized as well as six high-value watches, four of which were Rolexes. Detectives also seized two encrypted communications devices and two signal blocking devices.
Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis, of the GNDOCB, said: “The bureau continues to pursue those involved in serious and organised crime, while restrictions on movement associated with the coronavirus are in place, leading to another successful outcome to an operation, involving the seizure of significant quantities of controlled drugs and cash and other property believed to be the proceeds of crime and the arrest of three suspects.”
The seizure was one of a number of drugs hauls seized by gardaí this week including €35,000 worth of cocaine recovered in Co Longford and €140,000 worth of amphetamines and cannabis in Co Westmeath.
Excerpt from Conor Gallagher article “Sophisticated structure of Kinahan laid bare:-
For the first time a court in public session heard of the sophisticated cell structure of the gang, a structure which bears striking resemblances to those employed by dissident and Jihadi terrorist organisations….The group is organised in a hierarchial structure of sub-cells, he said. These sub-cells operate independently, meaning at any time one sub-cell may not know what the other sub-cells are doing. This means if a sub-cell is caught, as happened in the case of the Patsy Hutch plotters, there is little they can tell the Garda about the wider gang’s operations, even if investigators hold out inducements like reduced charges. Link: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/sophisticated-structure-of-kinahan-gang-laid-bare-1.4250800