Death of notorious druglord 'led to drop in murders'
THE murder last year of gangland godfather Eamon Dunne is a major factor in the decrease in gangland killings throughout 2011.
He had been linked with a dozen deaths and one disappearance since October 2007.
Dunne, from Dunsoghly Drive, Ratoath Road, Finglas, set himself up as the most notorious gangland boss in the State after he filled the vacuum created by the murder of Martin 'Marlo' Hyland in December 2006.
He was regarded by gardai as a psychopath and created mayhem as he took control of the drugs trade and used his firepower to eliminate rivals and intimidate others into paying him a percentage of their profits from drugs and armed robberies.
But his penchant for violence quickly brought him to the attention of various garda units. That resulted in a bigger focus on those associated with him and more targeted operations that made life more difficult for the traffickers.
After he was gunned down in a pub in Cabra in April 2010, it was thought that his capacity to attract attention had sealed his fate and that an international drugs lord, an Irishman living in Spain, had ordered his killing.
However, gardai are now satisfied there was no international link to the murder and believe his shooting was carried out by local thugs -- some of whom were past associates.
Many of his associates lived in grave fear of Dunne as they watched how he had ordered the murders of others who had been regarded as "close" to him, including Graham McNally, Michael 'Roly' Cronin and John Paul Joyce.