Dublin’s north inner city community yet to hear reassurance from justice minister over Kinahan-Hutch feud

Community leaders in an area hardest hit by the Kinahan-Hutch feud say they have not received any contact from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald or her officials — two weeks after they appealed to her to visit Dublin’s north inner city and reassure locals.

Dublin’s north inner city community yet to hear reassurance from justice minister over Kinahan-Hutch  feud

Activists in the area held a meeting on April 29 after the second feud murder in the area in 11 days and the third one since February.

On April 25, dissident republican Michael Barr was shot dead in a busy local pub. That came after the reckless murder of innocent homeless father Martin O’Rourke on April 14 outside another pub in a botched attack targeting a suspected killer in the Hutch gang.

On February 5, Eddie Hutch, an innocent taxi driver and member of the Hutch family, was shot dead at his home in the north inner city.

Those murders — and that of Noel Duggan, an associate of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, on March 23 — were all carried out by the Kinahan crime cartel in retaliation for the murder of its lieutenant David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5.

At the April 29 meeting, Anna Quigley of the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign said the Kinahan gang reportedly had a list of people “lined up to be killed”, a lot of them living locally. “What other community has ever had to live with that?” she asked. “And where’s the minister for justice? She should come over.”

Marie Metcalfe of the Community Policing Forum said nobody from the Government has contacted them asking was there anything they could do to help.

Ms Metcalfe said yesterday that the situation has not changed: “There has been no response to us from the minister or her department. Nothing. You would expect a call asking ‘how are you doing, what can we do to help?’ We just feel so isolated.”

Ms Metcalfe said a procession involving local people and activists is scheduled to take place early next week: “It’s mainly a local procession to support the community and hopefully we will get the message to the Government that we need help.”

Meanwhile, gardaí yesterday continued to question two men in relation to the murder of Eddie Hutch.

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