Monday 11 December 2017

Dublin's inner city streets to get armed gardaí for the summer

The Armed Response Unit will be supported by the Emergency Response Unit. Photo: PA
The Armed Response Unit will be supported by the Emergency Response Unit. Photo: PA

Ryan Nugent

High-visibility armed policing will continue in Dublin's north inner city for the entire summer - with gardaí satisfied their tactics are preventing gangland murder attempts.

It is understood the Armed Response Unit will be supported by the Emergency Response Unit - if necessary - in the area over the next three months.

New Chief Superintendent for the area Sean Ward told a committee meeting yesterday that quick responses to incidents in the north inner city had achieved a number of notable results in recent weeks.

Gardaí foiled an attempt on the life of the brother of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch last Friday, when armed gardaí at a checkpoint in the area arrested two men and seized a 'kill kit' which included a loaded Glock handgun, a motorbike helmet, gloves and a can of petrol.

Patsy Hutch (55) is considered a top Dublin-based target for the Kinahan cartel, with 'the Monk' now living in a number of locations across Europe.

Ideal

Meanwhile, a stabbing last week on Bachelors Walk was tended to by armed police within two minutes, and a man was arrested three minutes later.

Chief Supt Ward was addressing local representatives at a quarterly Joint Policing Committee meeting.

Local councillor Ray McAdam said the current situation was far from ideal.

However, he said there was little or no option for gardaí in the area at the moment.

"It's necessary; I don't particularly like having armed guards around, but unfortunately gardaí on patrol constantly is simply going to be a necessity," Mr McAdam said.

The local representative added that figures on the sale and supply of drugs had dropped this year on last year by 12pc.

However, he said this was down to more resources being put into the serious gangland issue, rather than a drop in drug dealing in the area

Irish Independent

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