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Convicted Irish criminal Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's Wikipedia page has been one of the first pages requested to be removed from search engine results in certain European countries. 

The request has come after the EU's new 'Right to be Forgotten' legislation was passed as a part of European data protection law.

While his Wikipedia page is still accessible to browsers in Ireland, certain links and information that is deemed 'outdated' or 'irrelevant' to other European countries will be removed from search engine results across the EU. 

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The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has received multiple applications to remove certain Wikipedia content from European search results, since the EU's Right to be Forgotten legislation came into force in May.

Wikimedia itself only knows about the removals because Google sent out notices. Some search engines have not sent out notices and therefore may have removed links from their results without Wikimedia's knowledge.

The Wikimedia Foundation also said that it does not know who requested the removals, and that it may not be the subject of an article who made the request.

Hutch's name has been one of the first to be requested to be removed from European Google search results. 

Widely known as the Monk, Gerry Hutch is a former convicted Irish criminal who has been depicted in various films and television series and is alleged to have been one of Ireland's most successful bank robbers. 


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