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TD calls for all-out offensive on gang that threatened garda station

Paul Williams

Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30

Bernard Durkan
Bernard Durkan

The criminal gang which threatened the lives of every garda in a rural station must be targeted with an all-out offensive, a Government TD has demanded.

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Fine Gael deputy Bernard Durkan is also demanding that a full-time garda station be built in the Carbury area of north Kildare.

This would replace the two-room part-time office which was recently targeted in a shooting incident as well as an arson attack.

"This is an outrageous and unprecedented situation to happen and it cannot be tolerated," Mr Durkan said.

"These are a bunch of arrogant, dangerous, lawless thugs and they need to taken on with the same tactics which the gardaí used so effectively in Limerick."

Six gardaí based in the village have been subjected to a sinister campaign of intimidation for the past year by the criminal gang, which is led by one of the country's most notorious drug traffickers.

The officers were targeted after they investigated a number of individuals associated with the gang.

Threatened

Yesterday, the Irish Independent revealed that the officers were recently served with Garda Information Messages (GIMs).

GIMs are documents which are issued to people when gardaí receive credible intelligence that their lives are being threatened.

Officers have been forced to park their personal cars at another station in the district, out of fear that they will be damaged, and then be driven to work in a squad car.

In another recent incident, a petrol bomb was thrown at the home of one of the gardaí while he was inside with his partner and young child, but failed to ignite. Bullets were also left at the house as a warning.

Garda management installed CCTV and panic alarms at the officer's home - but only after the Garda Representative Association intervened on its member's behalf.

Gardaí on the ground say they are extremely concerned about the situation - with one warning that this could result in "another Adrian Donohoe tragedy".

Mr Durkan had an urgent meeting with the local garda superintendent. He was contacting Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald last night and plans to table a Dáil question about the issue.

"The resources have all been put into big centres of population and places like Carbury have been forgotten, despite the fact that the population has trebled over the past 20 years and a lot of dangerous criminals have come to live in the region," Mr Durkan added.

In 2009, the same station was extensively damaged in a separate arson attack by the same gang.

The issue was raised with the Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan by delegates during a closed session at the Garda Representative Association's annual conference on Tuesday.

She was urged to make armed units available to protect their colleagues as they go about their work.

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