Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy, says priest at Hutch funeral

Update 12.12pm: There is a large Garda presence in Dublin for the funeral Mass of Gareth Hutch this afternoon.

The 35-year-old became the latest victim of the ongoing gangland feud when he was shot dead last week.

The funeral procession came up Aughrim St behind a lone bagpiper.

Around 200 people have gathered for the ceremony.

As his body was brought into the church, a number of white doves were released with applause from the congregation.

In his homily Fr Paddy Madden called for peace and asked people to consider the human face behind each tragedy.

Fr Madden said the gangs should avoid more disaster and seek a hope filled future.

He said breaking the cycle of violence is not easy and that both sides need to display courage, restraint and reason.

“Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy," he said. “It needs courage, restraint, goodwill and right reason and a desire for peace.”

Fr Madden added that Gareth Hutch’s main concern in life was the safety of his only son Preston.

Gareth Hutch funeral. Pic: RollingNews.ie

A large security presence remains in the area with gardaí on almost every corner.

Gareth Hutch will be buried in Glasnevin Cemetery later.

Earlier:

The funeral of the latest victim of Dublin's gangland feud will take place this morning.

Gareth Hutch was shot dead outside his home in Dublin's north inner city last week. So far two people have been charged in relation to the murder.

A tight security presence is expected at the Holy Family Church on Aughrim Street in central Dublin.

The nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch became the seventh victim of this gangland feud when he was murdered last Tuesday.

Thirty-five-year-old Gareth Hutch was shot dead while getting into his car outside his home at Avondale House on North Cumberland Street in Dublin’s north inner city.

The feud between the Hutches and the Kinahans has prompted the creation of a new garda task force with the Government also giving extra powers to the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan said they were also working with international policing agencies to target the offshore assets of these gangs.

A heavy garda presence is expected this morning for the 11.30am Funeral Mass of Gareth Hutch. He will be buried afterwards in Glasnevin Cemetery.

A cross on railings at the Gareth Hutch murder scene.


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