'Overtime out the door' amid fears of gangland hit
Published 21/12/2015 | 02:30
A gangland murder could be "just around the corner" with gardaí in a north Dublin suburb on high alert amid fears a major feud is about to erupt.
Gardaí in Coolock are said to be on "high alert" after revelations a gangland figure has a "price on his head".
Sources have revealed that "overtime is out the door" as investigators battle to keep the peace in the area.
"Coolock is incredibly hot right now and man hours and overtime are out the door. There are fears that if this hit takes place, all hell could break lose, and we could see a return of the dark days," said a source. "The man has been informed that his life is in danger."
The individual is believed to be a "significant player" in a north Dublin gang linked to a number of murders, tiger kidnappings and aggravated burglaries.
The man, who is in his early 20s, fled to Spain earlier in the year but is now back in the country.
Associates of the criminal clashed with Coolock drugs kingpin 'Mr Big' earlier in the year. The current threat is believed to be connected to an altercation surrounding drug territory.
Mr Big's gang continue to be hugely active. It is believed he was behind the murder of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan. The gang is involved in a murder bid against other members of Ryan's gang.
Lower-level criminals in his network are also at loggerheads with each other after two gun attacks earlier this year.