Garda units join forces to tackle gang bosses
Garda specialist units are to focus more on combined targeting of major gangland figures following a three-hour crime summit in Dublin yesterday.
The meeting, which was chaired by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, involved a review of the existing strategy to combat serious crime and garda chiefs expressed satisfaction with the level of co-operation between the various squads.
However, it was agreed to concentrate on further combined operations incorporating personnel from the National Drugs Unit, Fraud Bureau, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Criminal Assets Bureau and National Immigration Bureau.
The meeting came as a man in his mid-30s from the North Circular Road area of the capital was being questioned about a seizure of machine guns by gardai on Wednesday evening.
Ballistic tests are being carried out on four Ingram 9mm rapid-firing sub machine guns, found in a shed at the Damastown industrial estate in Mulhuddart, west Dublin.
Detectives raided the shed after monitoring the movements of the leader of one of the gangs involved in the deadly Crumlin-Drimnagh feud.
The notorious gang leader has been commuting back to Dublin from his Dutch base regularly in recent weeks with some of his closest associates, and gardai suspected that weapons were being moved.
The Crumlin-Drimnagh feud has eased in recent months with the jailing of the leader of the opposing faction and the murder of some of his key associates.
The gang leader had been lying low in Spain but moved from there to the Netherlands after Spanish police began to crack down on the Irish criminals operating along the Costa del Sol.
Meanwhile, gardai investigating the shooting of gangland boss Eamonn Dunne are now satisfied that two handguns seized earlier this week were not used in his murder.
Ballistic tests on the weapons have confirmed that the guns are not linked to the incident in which Dunne was gunned down at a party in the Fassaugh House pub at Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, on April 23.
Two men arrested by detectives on Monday morning on suspicion of being involved in the lead-up to the murder were still being questioned by gardai last night. A girlfriend of one of the suspects, who was also detained in the garda swoop, has since been released without charge.
Officers are satisfied that a major Irish criminal, based in Spain, ordered Dunne's murder because he was regarded as unstable and his activities had attracted so much garda attention that the drugs supply trade was badly hit.
The criminal is regarded as a huge supplier of drugs to the Irish market.
Gardai said neither of the detained men were thought to have been directly involved in the shooting but had played a key support role.
The planning for the murder also included other criminals from the north city and members of gangs based in west Dublin. One of those suspected of carrying out the shooting was Daniel Gaynor, who was shot dead in Finglas last month.