Saturday 24 August 2019

'No area is immune' - Locals shocked as gardai foil suspected gang murder plot in north Dublin

Armed Gardai - stock picture
Armed Gardai - stock picture

Sean Nolan and Ken Foy

Locals have commended the work of the gardai after a suspected gang hit was foiled by armed officers in north Dublin last night.

Gardaí from the elite Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) seized a handgun and a silencer when they stopped a vehicle at Philipsburgh Avenue in north Dublin at around 8pm last night and the suspects are now being held for conspiracy to murder.

Speaking to this morning, local councillor Damian O'Farrell said that residents in Marino he spoke to this morning were "shocked" at the incident.

"There is shock all around," Councillor O'Farrell said.

"This is a very quiet area but no area is immune these days," he added.

It is understood that gardaí used specialist bugging equipment on the phones and vehicles of those involved in the murder plot which had been ongoing for weeks.

Among the four criminals in Garda custody last night is a 38-year-old south inner city criminal who was only freed from jail in July.

This man is already a suspect in a string of gangland murders but has barely any previous convictions and previously was cleared of charges in a gruesome murder case.

A 23-year-old cousin of this criminal was also arrested in last night’s detailed operation. This young Ballyfermot man previously survived an assassination attempt when he was shot in the face almost four years ago.

Also arrested as part of the Garda operation was a long-term member of the Kinahan cartel aged in his mid 30s and another south inner city criminal aged in his mid 30s.

Councillor O'Farrell also said that neighbours he spoke to wished to commend the work of the gardai in this incident.

Sources told last night that officers had been carrying out surveillance on the four criminals, aged 23, 35, 37 and 38, for a number of weeks after becoming aware they had been enlisted to kill the north inner city dealer on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.

“Their target was literally only minutes away from death when these fellas were stopped,” a senior source said.

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