Gardai feel strain in battle with feuding gangs
Seizures of cash and firearms may be up, but as last week's botched hit shows, the war is far from won
On paper, 2107 should be a good year so far for the Garda in the fight against organised crime. As of yesterday, gardai have seized illicit cash totalling €53.45m, compared with €37.4m for all of last year.
There have been no murders in Ireland directly linked to the Hutch and Kinahan gang feud so far this year, and gardai have recovered dozens of guns, mainly automatic handguns but also sub-machineguns and assault rifles. Last year, there were as many as 14 murders directly linked to the feud.
The apparently opportunistic attempt to murder James Gately, the 30-year-old Hutch associate, last Wednesday, however, shows that the feuding is still very much alive, even if the gang bosses are scattered around the world avoiding the conflict in Dublin.