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Jonathan Dowdall assessed for witness protection

Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall is being assessed for the Witness Protection Programme after giving a statement to gardaí which implicates another or others in the murder of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in 2016 as part of the Hutch/Kinahan gang feud.

Dowdall, who last week pleaded guilty to facilitating Mr Byrne's murder by making a hotel room available to be used by the Hutch gang ahead of the murder, will never again live in Ireland, a garda told the three-judge Special Criminal Court on Monday morning.

Detective Sergeant Patrick O'Toole agreed with Dowdall's barrister Michael O'Higgins SC that the decision to give a statement to gardaí has placed a "very heavy burden" on him and his family.

'The Monk' stands trial

The trial of Gerry Hutch in relation to the shooting of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin is due to begin on Monday.

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Mr Hutch (58) is charged with the murder of Mr Byrne at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9, on February 5th, 2016.

He will be tried alongside several other men at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

The Irish Times reports an "extensive" security operation is planned in advance of the trial which will see armed gardaí deployed in and around the Criminal Courts building on Parkgate Street in Dublin.

New search for disappeared Tyrone teenager

A new search for a teenager murdered and secretly buried by the IRA is to begin.

Columba McVeigh (19) from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, was last seen in November 1975.

Excavators will return to a site at Bragan bog near Emyvale, Co Monaghan on Monday to start a new search effort, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) has announced.

55,000 flee to Ireland from Ukraine

As of September 25th, 54,771 Personal Public Services numbers (PPSNs) have been issued to individuals from Ukraine under the Temporary Protection Directive, an EU directive granting protection to those displaced by the war.

Four arrested after Cherry Orchard ramming incident

Gardaí have arrested four male juveniles in relation to ongoing investigations into an incident in Cherry Orchard, Dublin last month.

A garda car was rammed by joyriders on the evening of September 19th, with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee describing the incident as "unacceptable and utterly disrespectful of the rule of law".

Footage of the incident was widely circulated on social media and messaging apps.

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