Gardai 'Have Foiled 11 Assassinations' during Gang Feud

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Gardai 'Have Foiled 11 Assassinations' during Gang Feud


Byline: Michelle O'Keeffe

GARDAI have foiled up to 11 assassination attempts in recent months, the Assistant Garda Commissioner has said.

The revelation comes as Garda overtime in Dublin increased by [euro]7million to [euro]18.47million between January and June in a bid to tackle the bloody Kinahan and Hutch gangland feud.

In total, 10 people have been gunned down in that period and Asst Garda Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan said the extra funding has helped officers prevent further killings. Speaking to RTE's Morning Ireland, Mr O'Sullivan said: 'We are very grateful for the additional financial resources. They are very labour-intensive operations. There are a number of feuds in the city.

'The money has been used in a very proactive policing manner.

'In the last number of months we have certainly foiled probably as high as 10 or 11 assassinations attempts.

'Only in the last two to three weeks we seized a car with false number plates with firearms in it ready to be used to shoot a particular individual.

'In the last 48 hours we seized a submachine gun.

'It is very difficult, if you are looking at costings, it is very difficult to say well what is the cost of a human life; definitely lives are being saved.' Mr O'Sullivan added that criminals will only be deterred by a police presence. He said: 'The only thing criminals understand is Garda proactive enforcement. We have a very strong enforcement strategy, it has yielded huge results.

'We have 10 to 11 murder investigations going on at the moment and several other shooting investigations as well as other serious offences among a broad range of areas. These are quite labour-intensive.' The feud between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutches began last September after Gary Hutch was killed in Spain. That was followed by the killing of Kinahan associate David Byrne in the Regency Hotel in north Dublin in February.

Since then there have been a number of killings of Hutch family members and associates, particularly in Dublin's north inner-city.

Mr O'Sullivan said gardai are doing longer shifts and cancelling holidays and weekends off in a bid to tackle the spiralling gangland feud.

He said: 'We have been given sufficient funding to carry out our operations and any further funding we need the department has promised us that. …

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