The trial of Gerry Hutch and two other men in connection with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin over six years ago has been adjourned until next week.

Mr Hutch, 59, of the Paddocks, Clontarf in Dublin, has been charged with murder.

Jason Bonney, 50, of Drumnigh Wood, and 59 year old Paul Murphy from Cabra Road are accused of helping a criminal gang by providing it with access to motor vehicles.

The Special Criminal Court heard this afternoon there had been developments in the case after two other co-accused pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal gang commit the murder.

Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall and his father Patrick Dowdall both admitted helping the gang by booking a room at the Regency Hotel the day before the murder.

Senior Counsel Sean Gillane told the court that a 'nolle prosecui' has been entered and accepted in the case of Jonathan Dowdall, which means a charge of murder against him has now been dropped.