Eleven held after swoop on feuding criminal gangs
ELEVEN people were in garda custody last night after a major operation into the activities of two criminal gangs involved in a feud that has already claimed two lives.
More than 150 gardai were involved in the operation, which culminated in early morning searches at 17 residential and two business premises as well as six prison cells at Mountjoy jail.
The operation focused on suspected members of the feuding factions, who are mainly based in Dublin's north inner city.
Gardai seized a small quantity of herbal cannabis, a haul of shotgun cartridges, cash, drug distribution equipment, documents detailing drug trafficking information as well as financial transactions, computers and a significant number of mobile phones, including some confiscated in Mountjoy.
The operation was led by Chief Supt Pat Leahy from Store Street divisional headquarters.
Officers detained eight men and three women in the swoops and they were being held last night at Mountjoy, Store Street, Pearse Street and Whitehall stations.
The row between the groups erupted more than four years ago and worsened last June when Michael Taylor (53), of Summerhill Cottages in the north inner city, died after being shot six times with a handgun.
He was hit three times in the head and also in the body after two armed attackers struck outside his mobile home at a caravan park, near Donabate golf club.
The gunmen had either followed Mr Taylor to the park or were lying in wait nearby as he stopped outside his caravan.
After the shooting they ran off towards Donabate beach and then jumped into a stolen Opel Insignia car, which was found shortly afterwards burnt out near Turvey Woods where they transferred to a Honda Civic.
Mr Taylor had appeared at Dublin District Court in May 2009 when he agreed to enter into a bond to keep the peace for two years after he had been charged with affray, arising out of a violent incident at the Mater hospital two years earlier. The charge was withdrawn when he signed the bond.
Last week Mr Taylor's son, Michael junior, was found guilty in the Central Criminal Court of the murder of Paul Kelly at an apartment block in Clontarf in April 2007.
A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Kelly had been shot nine times with a handgun and twice with a shotgun, inflicting what were described in court as "catastrophic injuries".
Those arrested yesterday ranged in age from their 20s to 50s.
Six, including one woman, were detained under Section 50 of the anti-gangland legislation, the 2007 Criminal Justice Act, and can be held for up to seven days.