From top: Saturday’s Irish Independent; Sunday World
You’ll recall the shooting at the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra, Dublin on Friday afternoon during the weigh-in for the WBO European Lightweight title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Jao Bento.
David Byrne, 33, from Crumlin, south Dublin was killed in the shooting while another two men were seriously injured.
Following the shooting, photographs of the gunmen appeared in Independent News and Media titles over the weekend.
Special Correspondent at Irish Independent, Paul Williams, and Michael O’Toole, crime correspondent with the Irish Daily Star, spoke on Today with Seán O’Rourke this morning.
Mr Williams told the show that it was fortuitous that no undercover gardaí were present at the hotel because, if they had been present, a bloody shoot-out was likely to have occurred.
He also explained that gardaí had called to the offices of INM with a warrant to try and stop their photographs from being published.
From the interview…
Paul Williams: “To be very quick, to come along and look at your phone records Michael [O’Toole] and my phone records, GSOC and Garda headquarters, a certain small clique in Garda headquarters to find out if we’re talking to some Garda and I’m nearly sure that some smart alec in Garda headquarters will try and find out did some Garda tip any of our media colleagues off in relation to that weigh-in on Friday. That’s the bizarre situation, the bizarre world we’re living in at the moment.”
Sean O’Rourke: “Michael O’Toole, do you accept as well, or do you get the same sense that there is embarrassment at senior Garda levels at the fact that they didn’t, and maybe that people are alive today, who would not be had they been there, but that they feel in hindsight they should have been there?”
Michael O’Toole: “…There is definite embarrassment within the guards but I think it’s more amongst gardaí on the ground. They really are embarrassed. You know, we knew about it. Journalists knew about it. Gardaí should have been there. That’s what gardaí on the ground are saying.”